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Copper Cactus Earrings, Etched Metal & Glass

$42.00

Copper Cactus Earrings, Etched Metal & Glass

$42.00

Distinctive boho earrings with etched copper cactus designs, Czech opal glass disc beads and oxidized copper wire wrap.

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With unique etched metal focals & Czech glass discs, the copper cactus earrings are one of kind! The copper focals are hand fabricated, decorated with hand drawn designs and then, etched & oxidized. The the etched cactus discs are topped by luscious aqua opal glass beads with a sunflower design & tiny, rustic etched glass beads. Below the discs are little dancing nuggets of Fox (Nevada) turquoise.

All the elements are bound together with oxidized copper wire wrapping & hang from hand formed, oxidized sterling ear wires.

These earrings measure 2.5″ (6.35 cm) in total length, including their ear wires.

A brief history of Czech glass…

-Glass beads were being crafted in Bohemia, which is the present day Czech republic, as early as 250 B.C. By the 900’s (A.D.) handcrafted glass beads were being put inside of some tombs. And, in the 1200’s, several glass factories, that were sometimes used to make beads for rosaries, were opened as locals began moving into the northern mountains of the area.

-In the mid 1500’s, there arose a major glass industry in the Bohemian cities of Bedrichov (present day Reichenberg), Stanovsko, and Jablonec that consisted of glass-makers who made beads for use by jewelry artisans. In years after, bead-makers began producing more beads to be used in costume jewelry that was rising in popularity.

-The 1800’s saw the Industrial Revolution create innovations in bead making machines, with the competition between Bohemia & Venice glass making increasing.

-Even though World War 1 & the Great Depression threatened the glass bead making industries, they persisted. After WW1, Bohemia became part of the Czech Republic, and moved into being the largest glass bead producer & exporter in the world, which continues to present day.

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