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Sea Nettle Mother of Pearl Scrimshaw Earrings
India ink on luminous mother-of-pearl pieces illustrates ornate jellyfish gliding with the tides. The milky creatures appear to float all around the handmade, one-of-a-kind Mother of Pearl drop earrings — their elongated tentacles extending over the pearls' striated surfaces.
21.9ct Mother of Pearl Scrimshaw earrings. Available in bright sterling silver with 14k gold and India ink. Approximately 21x35mm.
Mother of Pearl is a nacre cut from the shell of the pinctada maxima pearl oyster—like all pearls, pinctada maxima pearls are formed when an irritant becomes trapped in a mollusk. The mollusk secretes a fluid, called nacre, which coats the irritant layer upon layer until a pearl is formed. Before the use of plastics one, of the main uses for mother of pearl was buttons: nowadays, this iridescent nacre is beloved for its use in fine jewelry in a variety of shades from inky silver to translucent white.
MOHs Hardness: 3.5
Origins: Australian South Sea
Care: Keep mother of pearl jewelry away from chemicals: contact with cosmetics, oils, acids, etc., can discolor or ruin the texture of pearls. To clean your mother of pearl jewelry, use warm water with mild soap. Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner. Please refer to the general care card for scrimshaw pieces as they should remain dry.
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the story of scrimshaw
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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