Icarus Molten Gold Studs
Free shipping and returns
100% recycled solid gold or vermeil
2 year warranty
Fairly made, fairly priced
Icarus was no more than a boy when he and his father, Daedalus, were imprisoned in the king’s tower on the island of Crete. The formative years of Icarus’s life were spent in a single room, watching his father work for the king who imprisoned them, while catching bird feathers from the window that would one day lead to their freedom.
When the time came and enough feathers had been gathered, Daedalus, a master craftsman and brilliant inventor, used wax to apply the feathers to wooden arms fashioned from bed posts.
Strapping the makeshift wings to Icarus and himself, Daedalus explained to his son that they must not fly too low, for the seawater spray could loosen the feathers, nor too high, lest the heat of the sun melt the wax. With a prayer to the gods, the two leapt from the window of the high tower, and flew.
Like all things that glow bright and hot, Icarus burnt out too quickly. Drunk on freedom that he had never known, the young man bathed in the deep blue of the open sea and sky. Laughing and swooping, Icarus paid no heed to the shouts of warning from his father. Fevered with ecstasy, Icarus flew up and up, further still into the great blue sky, the sun warming his goose-prickled skin. He never noticed the first feather loosen and fall.
But when he shed two more feathers, then four, then ten, it was too late and Icarus was falling, his wings useless as he plunged into the sea.
The Icarus gold stud earrings are inspired by Icarus's mythical flight. We began with imagining a pair of gold discs laid in the hot Greek sun, absorbing its warmth and becoming a molten, syrupy gold stud.
Each stud is roughly .4 inches or 1cm in diameter, making them perfect for everyday wear. They also complement the organic molten look of our signature Mythology pendants.
These studs are cast using the ancient lost wax method, then hand polished by our master goldsmiths.
About Solid Gold ✨
Solid gold is the best option if you:
1. Want to wear your piece forever or pass it down as an heirloom. Solid gold will last for centuries without degrading.
2. Want to invest in jewelry as an asset rather than an accessory. Gold traditionally appreciates in value and can always be melted down and made into a new piece
Unlike many brands, our gold is never hollow - it is always 100% solid, cast using the lost wax method, meaning there is a lot more gold in each piece.
Our gold is 100% certified recycled and each piece is handcrafted here in New York.
When will my piece ship? 🚚
Gold Vermeil pieces ship same day or next business day.
We keep a small inventory of solid gold pieces - please check about the 'Add to Cart' button to see if your piece is in stock.
If not, it will display the estimated ship time so that we can custom make it for you in our NYC studio.
What does Traditional Retail Price mean? 💸
Most brands sell through boutiques and department stores, where the pricing model is usually a 2 - 4x markup from their wholesale price. For example, the jewelry brand sells the piece to the store for $1000, and then the store sells it to you for $2,500.
Because Common Era sells directly from our studio, we can give our customers the same pricing we would be giving to wholesale stores.
About Gold Vermeil
Gold Vermeil, pronounced ver-may, is a french term for a style of gold plating that is regulated by the federal government. Unlike "gold plated" jewelry, vermeil must always be on a solid 925 sterling silver base - rather than brass - with at least 2.5 microns thickness of gold. This is 3 times thicker than normal gold plating.
This makes vermeil a longer lasting product than gold plated jewelry, as well as more valuable because it's composed entirely of precious metals.
When will my order ship?
All pieces except for made-to-order solid gold will ship within 24 hours on business days.
Solid gold orders ship from our NYC studio and the time to ship is indicated above the "Add to cart" button on those pieces.
What if my piece is lost in the mail?
This is in incredibly rare, but if it happens we will make it right with a free replacement.
Solid gold pieces are always shipped with signature required to ensure this doesn't happen.
Does your jewelry come in a box or a pouch?
Both! Our packaging is made in Chicago and consists of a peach-colored vegan suede pouch in a branded box, so they’re easy to wrap up as gifts.
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