The idea behind them is to make beautiful objects out of readily available materials which would otherwise be thrown away. Approx 11 cm (4¼") in length. Earrings hand-made from Coconut shell & quills, fairly traded.
Cuzco, Peru - the ancient capital of the Incas in Peru. The jewellers have been paid a fair price for their work. There are over 1000 different species of bamboo around the world! • The design is finished-off with intricate, gold-colourd wire trim.
The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of nacre (mother-of-pearl), which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong changeable colours. • The back of the earrings is a plain Alpaca, which is an alloy made from a mixture of zinc, copper and nickel.