tentacled earrings

Hand-carved tentacle earrings with crazy huge baroque Tahitian pearls

A pair of 18K white gold tentacled drop earrings holding a pair of insane Tahitian baroque pearls. More pics below:

Wax model: tentacled earrings baroque Tahitian pearl

Here’s a shot of the backside of the earrings before my waxes were cast.

Wax model: tentacled earrings baroque Tahitian pearl

And the front.

Wax model: tentacled earrings baroque Tahitian pearl

Without the pearls my little tentacles seem so needy!

Hand-carved tentacle earrings with crazy huge baroque Tahitian pearls

I made these for a jeweler friend of mine and didn’t do the final pearl mounting (which required a fancy welding machine so as not to fry the pearl in the process), so I didn’t have the final finished pair in my studio for light-controlled photos. I took these with my phone in the shop under lots of reflecty lights.. The earrings turned out quite awesome even if my photos are a little funky..

Hand-carved tentacle earrings with crazy huge baroque Tahitian pearls

I have no idea how these pearls happened: they are lightweight (hollow I assume?) but extremely large. I’ve seen similarly large pearls, but they are always nucleated. I’ve seen similar lightweight keshi type pearls, but they are always smaller. A few years ago very large hollow pearls were a thing, marketed as “souffle pearls,” but I haven’t seen them for some years now, and I don’t remember any being Tahitians.

2 Responses to “tentacled earrings”

  1. Andrea says:

    Souffle Tahitians debuted a few months ago, from what I understand, though like freshwater souffles their availability is very limited.

  2. admin says:

    Interesting. I love the light-weight aspect of them, but mounting them can be challenging: they can be smelly inside, and mounting a post into a void seems sketchy! These guys weren’t drilled and the tentacles held them like little claws, so it all worked out 🙂

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