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Nephrite jade, sterling & Bali silver drop earrings
Candra - $20
Part of the Catnip Collection
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These lovely earrings feature nephrite jade rounds with authentic Bali silver accents on sterling silver ear wires.

This earrings measures 0.75 inches in length.

You can view other Jade jewelry items here, or Bali Silver items here.

Jade has been highly valued by humans for over 7,000 years. Considered a symbol of nobility and perfection by the Chinese, Jade was often carved into religious and mystical symbols, and was used by ancient Central American cultures and valued more highly than gold.

The term Jade encompasses two separate species of Jade: Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite being the rarer of the two stones is quite expensive. Jade's color is determined by the amount of iron within the stone. Low iron levels produce colors such as white and light gray, while higher level of iron result in darker reds, grays, and greens.

Jade is believed to strengthen the body and increase longevity, and is known as a symbol of love and virtue. Jade is mined in China, Canada, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan and the U.S.A.

Bali silver is handcrafted by talented silversmiths throughout the the island of Bali, a small island in the Indonesian archipelago, which is renowned for its artistic and cultural heritage.

For centuries, Balinese artists have perfected their skills. Communities specialize in specific artistic traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. As a result, these silversmiths display superb technique and immense patience. Each bead is carefully made with exquisite detail. Every silver dot is individually placed, every surface patterned by hand. Each bead is a work of art, and no two are exactly alike.

Candra - $20