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sputnik earrings

paua sputniks

paua sputniks
The classic sputnik earring design features the concave inside of the shell. The New Zealand paua shell - haliotis iris - I use is from Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, or the Southland coastline, places where the seas are roughest and the shell is thickest.
A pure silver reflector disc sits behind like a reflector, and both discs are hung on solid sterling silver hoops. Sterling silver earwires.
Four sizes available, with various shell diameters: maxi 30mm, midi 25mm, mini 20mm, micro 16mm.

maxi: $NZ190/pr
midi: $NZ140/pr
mini: $NZ125/pr
micro: $NZ100/pr


pearl sputniks

pearl sputniks
Pearl shell earrings. I use Cook Islands pearl shell black-lipped - Pinctada margaritifera - or golden-lipped species - Pinctada maxima.
A pure sil disc sits behind like a reflector, and are hung on solid sterling silver hoops. Sterling silver earwires.

maxi: $NZ190/pr
midi: $NZ140/pr
mini: $NZ125/pr
micro: $NZ100/pr


sputnik earrings

Nephrite jade (Pounamu) sputniks

jade sputniks
Nephrite jade from the West Coast of New Zealand is hand shaped into a double-cabochon.
A pure sil disc sits behind like a reflector, and are hung on solid sterling silver hoops. Sterling silver earwires.

New Zealand nephrite jade: $NZ350 - $NZ400


paper-tiger sputniks

niobium paper-tiger sputniks
The sputniks earring design is continued with a modern space-age metal. Niobium (or sometimes titanium) discs have been given a strong random texture for a tiger-like surface, then anodised in contrasting colours. Niobium and titanium are refractive metals and may be coloured with anodising. They are not dyed.
A pure sil disc sits behind like a reflector, and are hung on solid sterling silver hoops. Sterling silver earwires.

midi: $NZ140/pr
mini: $NZ125/pr
micro: $NZ100/pr


beetlewing earrings

Nephrite jade (Pounamu) beetlewings

jade beetlewings
Nephrite jade (pounamu) from the West Coast of New Zealand is hand-shaped to a tapered oval, with a slight outward curve.

Pounamu Beetlewings with extra silver oval: $NZ300-360
Pounamu Beetlewings: $NZ250-300


paua beetlewings

paua beetlewings
New Zealand paua shell - haliotis iris - from Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, or the Southland coastline, places in New Zealand where the seas are roughest and the shell is thickest.

Paua Beetlewings with extra silver oval: $150 Paua Beetlewings: $NZ120


pearl beetlewings

pearl beetlewings
Cook Islands pearl shell black-lipped - Pinctada margaritifera - or golden-lipped - Pinctada maxima.

Pearlshell Beetlewings with extra silver ovals: $150 Pearlshell Beetlewings: $NZ120


Paper-Tiger beetlewings

niobium beetlewings
Niobium or titanium ovals have been given a strong texture for a tiger-skin surface - then anodised in contrasting colours. Niobium, like titanium, is a refractive metal and may be coloured with anodising - it's not dyed.

paper tiger Beetlewings with extra silver ovals: $150


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Brian Adam - www.adam.co.nz/jewellery/earrings/ - Auckland, New Zealand


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