"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
Sterling Spiraled Magic Bee Skep Earrings dangle on graceful French Ear Wires with a cluster of sparkling Gemstone Beads moving freely beneath. The Bead Cluster, wrapped on thin Sterling wire, includes Peridot, Citrine, and Labradorite Beads. You can choose a deeper Jewel-Tone version, which we will craft with Iolite, Garnet, Citrine and Labradorite beads.
The colorful beads used in our "palletes" for Magic Bee Skeps 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. Lightly antiqued with a natural patina and finish by hand-brushing, which imparts a matte sheen to the Sterling.
Adornments, interesting 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.