Sunrise Marquise Earrings
The distinctive marquise shape of these earrings is believed to have originated in 18th century France under the rule of King Louis XIV, when he supposedly commissioned a new shape to mimic his mistress's sultry smile. The resulting narrow oval with tapered, pointed ends was named for that mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour.
These sterling silver earrings are filled using a technique called crushed-stone inlay. The crushed gemstone is packed tightly with a chemical bonding agent, ground, and polished to a smooth surface. Our marquis earrings are filled, top to bottom, with pink amazonite, amazonite, and lapis lazuli.
The oldest commercial mines in the world produce lapis lazuli. In the ancient world, it was used for everything from the jewelry worn by kings to special seals and sacred relics. Michelangelo used lapis lazuli to paint the Sistine Chapel. Today, it's seen as a gemstone that conveys wisdom, love and healing. Some believe it promotes psychic ability.
Amazonite is another ancient gemstone. It's been found in archeological digs in Egypt and Mesopotamia. It's known as the stone of truth, the stone of courage, and the stone of friendship.
The stone in this necklace has been treated with a clear resin as part of the inlay process. This colourless resin serves to increase the durability of the stone.
Our marquise earrings hang on sterling silver lever-backs. The marquise itself is 3/4 inch (20mm) in length and 3/8 inch (10mm) wide. From top to bottom, including the findings, each earring measures 1 3/8 inches (34mm) in length.