Oak Leaf Earrings

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Oak Leaf Earrings

185.00

Green Oak Leaf Earrings –Cloisonné & Champlevé Enamels on Fine Silver with Sterling Ear Wires

Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks, so these earrings are extra special for me.  Just like in nature, each leaf is just a little bit different!  The colors range between a rich emerald green and golden chartreuse.  They are dainty, but pack a visual punch!

Materials: Champlevé & cloisonné Enamels on Fine silver.

Earrings

Size: 1.1” long x .7” wide

All my jewelry is handmade by me in my studio in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. 

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Did you know that enamels are melted glass? 

Yes!  It's true...  To create this lovely pair of earrings, I first fabricated the silver base out of sheets of fine silver.  The lines of the design are actually fine silver wires that I meticulously bent by hand (and tweezers) into the shapes you see.  Then I placed granules of ground up glass (enamels) in between the wires and melted them in the kiln.  There are as many as 20 layers of glass in each individual piece!  After I've added all the layers of glass, I carefully grind and polish it until it sparkles!

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Champlevé: pronounced Shamp-lee-VAY

is the process of inlaying the colored glass enamels directly into a solid piece of silver, so there’s no need for a separate setting.

Cloisonné: pronounced Cloy-ZEE-nay! (always best when said with a flourish!)

is the process of using delicate silver or gold wires to create drawing lines that separate the different bits of colored enamel.

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ABOUT ME

Enamels are my passion.

I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1992 with a degree in illustration. I currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina and have a wonderful studio at Artspace.

Before becoming involved in jewelry crafting, I spent many years making designs in leaded glass. I was an active member of the Ant farm, a local artists cooperative for several years, and currently have a studio at Artspace in downtown Raleigh.

I have always loved incorporating bright color and light into my work, so when I discovered the beauty of cloisonné enamel, I was hooked. My work incorporates color, light, and balance- be it abstract or figurative. I'm influenced by all the gorgeous jewelry of the past, but try to give it a modern twist.

I love crafting beautiful objects to wear and adore, and I hope you will enjoy owning them as much as I enjoy making them. If you are interested in commissioning a unique piece of wearable art, please feel free to contact me.

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US SHIPPING

I ship to anywhere in the United States.  All domestic orders under $250 are a flat rate of $12.95.  Orders above $250 will also include the commiserate insurance, which will be noted in the shipping cost for that item.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Contact me to get a quote for international shipping.  Please note that any customs or duty fees are the buyer’s responsibility.  International orders are non-refundable.

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