Closeup: The earrings beside their whole-body counterpart (different jewel beetle.)
So I was thrilled when I discovered AraneaDesigns, a small business run by an artisan who recycles the remnants and by-products of nature in her biodegradable jewelry, and had just the right style I was searching for! You can purchase the artists's creations through her Etsy store, here.
The earrings are incredibly sturdy, and the ten shimmering wings dangle from two dainty golden hoops. What initially caught my interest was a similar pair of hooped earrings in silver; the seller was accommodating and created a gold pair by my request! The hoops don't look overbearing and are just the right size. When you try them on you feel like an exotic princess (ahaha!) It's difficult to show how the light catches and reflects off the wings, but they shimmer with shades of emerald and cobalt blue, with a tinge of indigo.
Sorry for the shaky hands: Left pair and right pair, taken at slightly different angles.
She sent the earrings out extremely quickly but the only trouble I ran into was with the post office. The package was sent back to the seller twice; through the entire process she had been in contact with me and also generously covered the costs of re-shipping these beautiful earrings to me (both times!) She had even offered me a full refund when the earrings were sent back to her the second time, which I refused. It took nearly eight weeks, but the package finally reached me in the end in perfect condition. There was no problem whatsoever on her end, only with the mixup at the post office.
Accuracy: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - exactly as pictured.
Quality: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - balanced, perfect condition, well packaged.
Comfort: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ - lightweight (;not good for windy conditions.)
Service: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - dedicated towards communication.
Interested in these earrings? (or something similar?) I specifically have a 10% off discount code for my readers; just enter NYUCHU at the checkout before you make your purchase! That being said, I highly recommend AraneaDesigns on Etsy if you're someone who looks for unique natural jewellery or interesting gifts that will "wow" the recipient. Can't find the same pair or have an idea for something new?
Message a personal request to the seller. I have never received such friendly customer service and impeccable communication. You won't be disappointed.