Floating Pearl and Ruby Drop Earrings
Rubies are one of the most valuable stones in history, traditionally used as a stone of protection. Unlike diamonds, which are usually evaluated for clarity and cut, rubies are prized for their color.
In 1879 a Bengali scholar listed the spectrum of ruby colors found in the Purana sacred texts: “like the China rose, like blood, like the seeds of the pomegranate, like red lead, like the red lotus, like saffron, like the resin of certain trees, like the eyes of the Greek partridge or the Indian crane…and like the interior of the half-blown red water lily."
These 3mm natural rubies are the color of pomegranate seeds: deep crimson with flashes of magenta. Suspended as if floating in mid air, a 10mm natural pearl dangles on an 18k gold vermeil chain.
18k Gold Vermeil
Solid 925 sterling silver plated with a 3 micron thick layer of 18 karat gold. Five times thicker than industry standard gold plating and composed entirely of precious metals. Gold Vermeil is a French technique that is a significant step up from regular gold-plated jewelry, which is most often made from cheap brass with a thin flash-plating of gold.
- 3mm natural, ethically-sourced ruby
- 10mm natural baroque pearl
- Butterfly earring back
- All metal is 18k gold vermeil
- 10cm chain length
- Sold as a pair