These are jade angel wing earrings made from beautifully patterned Wyoming nephrite jade. I sliced and polished the stone to be thin and I delicately shaped it to have little feathered edges to create the wings. I made a small hammered silver hook for the top that I very carefully attached with a handmade silver rivet to a handmade ear wire. I like to keep the metalwork to just a small flourish that accents the jade, it glitters in the light.
This jade is green with inclusions of white spots and olive veins and is from the state of Wyoming. I start with a large chunk of it and after dozens of steps I finally result in the final small wearable piece of artwork.
Nephrite jade is one of the toughest gemstones in the world because its crystalline growth pattern is long strands so we gemstone cutters can cut it very thinly and it stays very strong, most rock and gem crystal structures will not allow for this and crumble.
These are long in size, about 2 1/4″ in length.
Nephrite Jade (Wyoming), Sterling Silver