The Swamp Dreamcatcher Earrings
The Dreamcatcher Earrings are quite the show stoppers. They are the earrings I designed for my first release as a silversmith in the spring of 2014, even before SSH was a brand. Then, they returned in Moss Agate for my first Silver Stallion Collection that following fall. They've maintained being one of the most requested pieces ever since, but I only make them once in a blue moon, when I find the right stones and feel the pull to create some healing swamp magic. The Gator Season Collection felt like the appropriate time to bring back a new incantation of the now classics.
These OOAK earrings are hand made entirely of sterling silver, aside from three fine silver charms that dangle sweetly below. They have been textured with texture from an alligators sides. The other distinguishing uniquness to this set, is that I have hand sawed the silhouette of elephant ears out of the back of the base of the earrings to allow the sun to shine through the many flowing layers of the Moss Agate. Agate is Louisiana's state mineral, although this particular piece is Moss Agate, which did not come from Louisiana, but is the perfect stone to represent the swamp.
Moss Agate finds itself a very useful stone to harness in the swamp. As for locationally beneficial, Moss Agate was considered the most powerful of medicines, healing wounds, clearing out poisons, and protecting against venomous reptiles…something found throughout the swamps. It also is a stone that promotes plant growth and health. Native Americans used Moss Agate as a power stone, and it has been successfully used in cloud-busting and aiding the weather patterns to reach ultimate equilibrium. As for a personal totem Moss Agate is extremely beneficial as a body strengthener in times of stress. Its steady energies aid those who feel unstable or ungrounded. It is an excellent stone for convalescing after illness, or in recovery from addictions. It enhances mental concentration, persistence and endurance. It is a stone for new beginnings.
Surrounding the agate, the bezel is lined with twisted rope wire, and three hand formed beads. At the base of the earring pendants, handmade jump rings hold onto three previously mentioned hand made alligator dangles that move as you do. The earring hooks are handmade made in 18g sterling silver wire, they will work great for both standard piercings as well as worn through tunnels in guaged ears. The earrings were lastly given a light patina, to give them an antiqued appearance, and set in wax and cypress oil, for a final touch of connection to the swamp.
The earrings measure 1 1/8" across at their widest point, and 2 1/4" from the base of the earring hook, to the bottom of the longest dangle.
Each earring weighs roughly .5 oz a piece.
Please check all dimensions to ensure each piece of jewelry will fit you before purchasing. I do not accept returns, so please go through and read all jewelry descriptions, look at the photographs, and make sure that everything is the correct size. I hope you find your perfect piece <3