The colors in these emu eggshell earrings are entirely natural. The process of creating this jewelry begins when my emu, Mel, lays her eggs! I meticulously drain and clean them. Then I carve the basic shapes and polish the edges. I fill the back with resin to strengthen the piece before carving the face. I then etch the piece following the contours of the surface to reveal the teal and white layers of the shell. I coat the face of the piece with resin to protect it. I fill in the deep grooves with resin, but coat the center lightly so it retains its pebbly texture. Finally, I carefully drill the hole and add the silver plated ear wires.
These earrings would make a great gift for someone who enjoys the simple beauty of unique natural objects. Emu eggs are dark green to black on the outside. The inner layers are shades of teal, blue, grey and white. The white layer is so thin and delicate that it is translucent (see the picture of the backlit earrings). Each shell is unique.
Each piece is packaged in a handmade cloth pouch with an information card. Although the earrings have been reinforced and are quite sturdy, handle them as you would glass. They can chip if dropped on a hard surface. To clean, wipe the surface with a damp cloth. If needed, wash gently with dish soap. Avoid using chemical cleaners and abrasive polishes.
The eggshell carving is 1.5 inches long by 1 inch wide. The total length from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the eggshell is 1.75 inches.
This item is made by Laura Wendell. Laura's complete collection is available at our Carrboro, North Carolina store. To see more of her items available online, click here.