Spiraled Magic Bee Skep Earrings dangle on graceful French Ear Wires with a cluster of sparkling Gemstone Beads moving freely beneath. The Bead Cluster we wrap, on thin Sterling wire, includes Peridot, Citrine, and Labradorite Beads. You can choose a deeper Jewel-Tone version at checkout, which we will craft with Iolite, Garnet, Citrine and Labradorite beads. The beads I use are a blend of smooth and faceted.
These unique renditions of the classic handmade straw Bee Keeper tool, are approximately 3/4" long, or 2 1/2 cm. We lightly antique them with a natural patina and finish by hand-brushing, which imparts a matte sheen to the Sterling. Understated and elegant, beckoning a closer look.
The word Skep is believed to have come from an Icelandic Norse word "Skeppa", meaning straw basket. It is known that Saxon Bee Keepers used skeps from very early A.D. and it is believed they brought them to Britain as they surged westward to occupy lands vacated by the Romans after that empire collapsed around 400 A.D. Bees have been greatly prized for centuries for utilizing unbelievable skills in working together in single aim: to provide food for the hive for the winter. This iconic part of bee-keeping equipment, is used primarily today to gather summer swarms.
"Have your skep ready, drowse them with, your smoke,
Whether they cluster on the handy bough
Or in the difficult hedge, be nimble now,
For bees are captious folk"
from the poem, Bee-Master,
by Vita Sackville West
I craft my pieces in metal from my sketches and observations, combined with my concepts, in a desire to create unique adornments, that will become personal amulets to those who wear them. I hope to foster a deeper connection with Nature in my crafting. All of our work is made by hand in our mother daughter Studio in the lower Hudson Valley region of NY.
All pieces will arrive in a pouch, decoratively boxed with our informational cards about Honey Bees, our inspiration, ready for unique gift-giving or safe- keeping. All pieces come with Sterling Backs along with plastic stoppers.
Please visit our shop for more unique Adornments, many relating to Bees, and other curious insects at our shop here at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TandBrie
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