Carved from a single piece of mother of pearl, the iridescent hibiscus flower evokes images of Hawaiian sunny skies and sandy beaches. At the center of each delicate pearly flower lies a cluster of genuine blue topaz gemstones.
Glowing as a natural beauty, mother-of-pearl has been showcased in jewelry designs for thousands of years. Mother-of-pearl is the iridescent lining found on the inside of some mollusk shells such as oysters, abalone, and mussel.
In the 15th century, Queen Elizabeth I gave this luminous substance its more familiar name "mother-of-pearl," referring to the fact that these shells are the mother from which pearls are created. Due to the Queen's blessing, mother-of-pearl experienced great popularity and was set in gold and silver.
Blue topaz is the perfect complement to shimmering white mother of pearl. According to the well-known industry magazine, Colored Stone, blue topaz has become the 2nd most popular colored gemstone (sapphire is consistently number one). This is not surprising. Topaz is a very hard material - 8 on the Mohs hardness scale - and blue topaz appears in a wide range of vivid hues with a striking vitreous luster.
Make her day with these Island Flower Earrings and she'll always be able to summon up a gentle island breeze.