Ardent Hearts Designs

Mauve Patina Victorian Seashell Earrings

Ardent Hearts Designs


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These antique-inspired earrings begin with beautifully detailed raw brass seashells with a fantastic antique Victorian motif. These shells are not painted or plated; the shades of soft mauve are achieved by an intricate combination of natural patina processes and the application of layer upon layer of oxide pigments, which become part of the patina. Once colored, the surface is carefully distressed to reveal the brass beneath, giving them the look of a long-lost antique. The ear wires are threaded with mauve crystal pearls for an extra touch of elegance. 

Dimensions and details

  • From the top of the ear wires to the bottom of the dangles, they measure approximately 2 inches (52mm).
  • Kidney ear wires themselves measure approximately 1.5 inches long.
  • Bead caps are Tierracast antiqued brass-finished pewter, made in the USA.
  • Each shell is hand-treated with an intricate multi-step process, so please allow for slight variations from pair to pair. If you would like to see a photo of your set before they ship, please leave a note in the order.
  • Both the front and back of the shells have the mauve patina.
  • Shells are raw brass, lead-free and nickel-free, made in the USA.
  • Ear wires are antiqued brass, lead-free and nickel-free.
  • Shells are sealed with a water-proof lacquer to protect the distressed patina.
  • Shells are heavily distressed for a very antique look (please use the zoom feature to see in more detail). If you would prefer a "newer" look or even a different color, that is certainly doable, please contact us via our contact form.