Green Wolf Lichen - Round "Reef Aquarium" Wire Wrap Resin Earrings
A pair of lime-green lichen earrings made with handmade round resin cabochons. The natural lichen is encased in clear epoxy resin, which creates the look of a coral reef in a mysterious antique aquarium. The earrings are hung on sterling silver earwires and packaged in a hand-stamped gift box.
A LITTLE ABOUT LICHEN: Lichens are actually a combination of two organisms, algae and fungus. They both contribute to the relationship: algae photosynthesizes to create energy fro m the sun, the fungi in turn provides minerals and other nutrients. Lichens are able to survive in ecological conditions that neither the algae nor fungus would be able to handle on its own. You've probably seen lichens growing on trees, rocks, or exposed soils and thought they were moss, this is a very common confusion. Lichen makes critical contributions to our ecosystems like improving disturbed soil, removing pollutants from the air, and converting carbon dioxide to oxygen. The species of lichen in this piece is American wolf lichen (Letharia columbiana) collected from Northeast California.
SIZE: The earrings are approximately 1 7/8 inches x 10/16 inches.
METALS: The sterling silver was given a dark color, known as "patina", using the chemical process of oxidation. The metal was then polished, adding highlights to raised areas and enhancing the details. The earrings are hung on sterling silver ear wires, which are generally non-irritating and hypoallergenic. However if you are allergic to or sensitive to sterling silver, the ear wires can be substitutes with your choice of titanium or surgical steel ear wires. Just leave a "message to seller" at checkout.
CARE AND CLEANING: The epoxy resin can be scratched with sharp objects. Please use care when storing and wearing your resin jewelry to avoid scratches. To remove any dirt and debris scrub gently with a toothbrush and warm soapy water. Due to the patina you never really need to polish this piece silver. However you can enhance the highlights by wiping the piece with a silver polishing cloth.
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