School of Minnows Variscite Scrimshaw Earrings-Hannah Blount Jewelry
School of Minnows Variscite Scrimshaw Earrings-Hannah Blount Jewelry
School of Minnows Variscite Scrimshaw Earrings-Hannah Blount Jewelry
School of Minnows Variscite Scrimshaw Earrings-Hannah Blount Jewelry
One of a Kind

School of Minnows Variscite Scrimshaw Earrings

Grand, pale variscite ovals are nestled under oxidized sterling silver bezels, creating porthole views of life under the sea. 14k gold ear hooks add sunbeams of warmth above the oceanic depiction that features a school of minnows pushing against the tides, under sets of churning waves. Handmade and one-of-a-kind, these gemstone earrings evoke Victorian elegance. 

24.75ct variscite Scrimshaw earrings. Available in oxidized sterling silver with 14k gold and India ink. Approximately 16x30mm.


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About the gemstone

The variscite from Ivory Creek is known for its calming hues from soft white to pale green. Akin to turquoise due to its unusual striations and matrices, Hannah Blount Jewelry loves variscite for its subtle beauty that serves as the perfect canvas for the Scrimshaw collection while being striking enough to stand alone.
MOHs Hardness:  3.5-4.5
Origins: Ivory Creek mine in Kazakhstan
Care: Avoid dropping your variscite jewelry onto hard surfaces and keep away from chemicals: Keep variscite away from chemicals. Contact with cosmetics, oils, acids, etc can discolor the gemstone and dissolve the ink. To clean, use a damp cloth to gently clean the metal but do not clean the ink. Avoid excessive touching and do not get wet. Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner.
Healing Properties: Inner peace, compassion, clarity, and emotional healing.
Treatment: None


The Story of Scrimshaw

Like the art of tattooing, the Scrimshaw collection modernizes the traditional beauty of hand-etched adornments. Utilizing the technique of engraving and inking illustrations into various materials, scrimshaw dates back to whalers of the late 18th century; scrimshanders of yore created their hand-etched pieces to pass the time at night aboard their ships, often working with the current and movement of the vessel to create their designs. The longing that inspired sailors, as each night of their voyage passed, evolved into beautiful art that captured the romance of their yearning. Whether they channeled their heart’s desire or took respite from their unknown futures, scrimshaw work has always been deeply personal to Hannah, yet incredibly accessible to all familiar with nostalgia’s spell. A labor of love, each piece is intricately hand-scribed by Hannah; consisting of various soft gemstones and seashells with fine, mixed metals and India ink, the scrimshaw collection features hand-carved gestures, anatomical studies, and oceanic creatures. Combining the sentimentality of each HBJ piece with the endless inspiration the ocean provides, each Scrimshaw piece serves as a symbol of protection, resistance, and nostalgia.
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