Scarlett devotes so much time to weaving her pieces that her mind has time to ponder the materials and draw inspiration from each element. She enjoys creating a narrative in her head for each piece that is often as complex as the work itself. These earrings are the product of a convergence of cultural influences.
As a child in the southwest Scarlett had a deep love for Native American culture and enjoyed studying Indian tribes' customs and artwork, most especially the Zuni tribe for which her mother had several pieces of treasured jewelry. The beautiful combination of natural coral and turquoise is traditional. The stitches used in these earrings - peyote stitch and brick stitch, are off loom bead weaving techniques mastered by these incredible craftspeople. The turquoise beads in these earrings come from a mine in Arizona. However, the turquoise cabochons come from a mine in Africa- and that is what actually led to the naming Sojourner, in honor of the great African-American heroine Sojourner Truth who was an abolitionist and women's rights activist.
Austrian Swarovski crystals radiate out from the central cabochon, reflecting light and adding glamour to these statement earrings. They measure about 3" from the top of the beading to the bottom of the turquoise glass drops. The medallion at the top of the earring that adorns the lobe and is connected to the Sterling Silver earring post in the back is about 3/4" around. In addition to the crystal, coral, and turquoise, they are woven with Japanese glass seed beads and copper electroplated Czech seed beads.
Because all of the beading surrounding the stones is glass and not metal, these statement earrings are actually surprisingly lightweight allowing for total comfort of wear.
These earrings are one of a kind and due to their complexity and rare stones will not be recreated.