True Heart Earrings
Creative and textured Shibuichi shapes and graceful drops of Nephrite Jade hang from Niobium earwires. The gorgeous copper tones are evident in these organic shapes.
Shibuichi means "one-fourth" in Japanese and indicates the standard formulation of one part silver to three parts copper, though this may be varied according to the desired effect and each artisan working with it has their own recipe they prefer to work with. However, as the pure hues of the patina are generated by copper oxides and greyed down by silver oxide, the proportion of silver should never exceed that of copper. The coloring goes from pale peach, to cherry reds, to mahogany browns, to gray silvers and is a beautiful material to work with. This great textured Shibuichi component was created by Tony & Lisa at Zoa Art (ZoaArt.com).
For centuries, Jade was thought to be a single gemstone, but in 1863 two types were recognized: Jadeite and Nephrite. Nephrite is more common, but both types of Jade are tough, fine-grained rocks, suitable for carving. Jade is known as the "dream stone" and a "stone of fidelity". Jade brings realization to ones potential and devotion to ones purpose and is the symbol of tranquillity and wisdom. Jade is said to possess yang (the vital masculine principal) and in China, it was believed to impart immortality. When worn as amulet jewelry, Jade prevents nightmares, heals many diseases, and prolongs life. Jade is also said to promote peace and confidence. It opens the qualities of mercy and compassion for all sentient beings, inspires awareness of the oneness of all that lives. Jade is best known for itís ability to open and heal the heart; freeing one from anger, selfishness, and greed. Jade also encourages service to others and the planet. In Buddhism, Jade is known to help bodhisattvas and those on the path of enlightenment and stimulates the energy of Kwan Yin (the goddess of Compassion). Jade soothes the emotions, heals the hips and kidneys, and aids movement on one's life path.
What a unique pair of artisan earrings sure to stand out in the crowd! Length--1 1/2 inch drop.