Way back in the mists of time (OK, it was about 2011 but a lot has happened since then) I made some pansy stud earrings from anodised aluminimum. Over ten year later I've made a few changes and brought the pansies back.
Each pansy is hand coloured, over dyed and sealed before being hand cut, shaped and drilled. They measure approximately 10mm across and 11mm top to bottom. The posts are 11mm long but I can make you a longer or shorter pair if you prefer.
Talking of posts you can choose between sterling silver or anodised Niobium. The silver post will come with sterling butterfly backs. The hypoallergenic Niobium posts are coloured so I pick them to match the pansy color, these will come with a silicon stopper
This first crop of pansy earrings are a one of a kind items, the ones you see pictured are the ones you will receive. Please note, there is one pair of each colour* of earrings, I can swap the post style for you but you cannot order the same colour in both post styles. Earrings will be presented in a gift box.
* Just to help you with identification - I've called the versions with different colour petals 'Viola' and given the top colour first. 'With' refers to the accent colour of the lines and 'shadow' is the additional colour around the centre. To double check select the colour from the drop down menu, the relevant image will be displayed.
What is anodised Aluminium?
Aluminium can be anodised by submerging it in acid and subjecting it to an electric current. The result is a microscopic honeycomb surface which will readily accept coloured dyes in the little honeycomb 'cells'. The colour can be permanently sealed into those cells with heat/steam
Aluminium is widely recycled and can go through the recycling system an almost limitless number of times. Obviously I'd prefer you keep your earrings for ever but it's good to know they can be recycled isn't it?
What is Niobium?
Niobium is a metallic element that, a bit like Aluminium, can be anodised and coloured. It's a little stiffer than aluminium so is great for coloured earring posts and wires. It's also hypoallergenic - the sealed anodised surface is not reactive and its not alloyed with other metals like copper which you find in sterling silver.