retro 1980's sodalite chips blue bugle beads graduated hoop earrings

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retro 1980's sodalite chips blue bugle beads graduated hoop earrings

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Way back when I was a starry-eyed hippie girl, I discovered the joy of handmade earrings -- and never looked back. Brimming with creativity but short of money, I made earrings out of whatever beads and supplies I could find.

A few months ago, a friend decided she was done with beading, and asked whether I'd like her old supplies. This, for the woman (me) who has a dedicated bead room with wall-to-wall and almost-to-ceiling beads, was an immediate YES!

What I got were boxes of unsorted (ACK -- no wonder my friend gave up beading!) small glass beads and gemstone chips.

My first thought was -- I haven't worked with most of these materials since the 1980's, or before. Inexpensive and labor-intensive, I stopped using those beads because I never got paid for all the time I put in.

Then I thought -- what would the hippie girl do?

She certainly would never have thrown away boxes of perfectly good beads. And she would have done something fun.

I tried to remember what I was into back then. Repeating mathematical patterns. Mobiles.

And in that instant, I knew exactly what I'd do with the beads.

Concentric graduated oval hoops are made from denim-navy sodalite chips and pale sapphire (we used to call it "ice blue") glass bugle beads. The hoops are strung on wire and have a slight side-to-side movement, but not full rotation as a mobile would. (In order to achieve rotation, I'd have to stack the hoops on a center beaded shaft -- which I can do if you like. The earrings would be slightly longer.)

I added a 3/4" (20mm) dumortierite elongated diamond (from my current bead stash!) to balance the design.

From the top of the surgical steel hypo-allergenic ear wires, these fun retro earrings are 4-1/8" (10.2cm) long. They can be changed to clip or screw back findings for non-pierced ears.

Goes with all your basic denim. Even your non-basic denim, and your non-denim.

To truly appreciate where you are now, you have to remember where you came from. My starry-eyed hippie girl is never far away.

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Metaphysical properties:

DUMORTIERITE
Aids mental discipline and organizational abilities. Helps with stamina and courage. 5th chakra.

SODALITE
Calms the lymphatic and nervous systems. Peaceful energy, but not recommended for individuals prone to depression. 6th chakra.

Materials Used

sodalite chips, glass bugle beads, wire, dumortierite

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Need a gift box or organza pouch? Just ask!

Product Attributes

Color: Blue

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If for any reason you don't like it, send it back in original condition with adequate padding. Full refund will be issued for the item, but not postage. Certain custom-made items may not be refundable -- please ask in advance if that's an issue. Returns must be made within 7 days of receipt.

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Insurance and/or priority mail are also available, but please message me first so I can change the shipping price to reflect these options.

If you live in an extremely remote area, yak delivery will incur an additional surcharge. Contact Express-Yaks-R-Us for further details.

If you don't pay for your item within one week, the sale will be canceled and the item re-listed.

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Most items are shipped in bubble-wrap envelopes using clean recycled bubble wrap or packaging paper. If the purchase is for a gift, just ask and I'll include a small gift box or an organza bag or a tiny Tiffany-style turquoise shopping bag.

Reviews

hksulliv on Jul 13, 2017
5 stars

Beautiful and quick delivery.
Patron131981 on Apr 27, 2012
5 stars

The earrings are even prettier in person than on the web. I've gotten lots of compliments about them.

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