Long Draping Sterling Silver & Quartz Earrings
Designer: Mariella Pilato
Measures Approximately: 4 1/8" drop
Graduated metal goes from 1" to 1/4" to the Quartz Points
Weighs Approximately: .6 oz
When Amy Kawar, co-owner of ETE, and I go to Tucson, she is one the hunt for jewelry that is truly unique, beautiful, and funky. She has an eye for finding some of the best jewelry artists from around the world. Amy adores Mariella and it is clear that Mariella adores her right back. It's fun to watch them chat about the industry and life in general when we elbow our way to her booth. I cannot stop myself from saying her name without an expressive Italian accent Mahhh-riellla Pilahhhto.
Mariella's pieces are usually etched and oxidized silver that have a really beautiful and sophisticated sense of movement. Few jewelry artists manage to balance the stone to metal design without losing one to the other. Mariella manages to make both the stone and silver elements in her designs absolutely stunning as single elements, but together... it is unquestionably art.
These earrings are for a goddess with a long, elegant neck. Not everyone can get away with wearing these, to be sure. If you don't have a long elegant neck, don't even fall in love with them. They were specifically designed, I think, to fully draw attention to a delicate, elongated frame of someone that has the bodily dimensions of a model. These are Queenly earrings. You are going to need the attitude of a "Hoop Girl" to pull it off, but if you can, golly... you're going to be stunning in these.
About Enter the Earth's Retail Jewelry Line
We go to Tucson every year to buy a majority of the jewelry we have in our store in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. It's a crazy, fun task, as you can imagine. Amy and I usually divide and conquer Tucson. She goes straight for the funky and unusual, the sophisiticated and artistic. She doesn't look at the price too much when she finds something that moves her aesthetic, but sometimes fabulous just costs what it costs. She finds the single artists who aren't cranking out volume, but who are creating things that are different. I'm not sure if you understand how hard it is to find something truly different in the jewelry world, but that is Amy's task in Tuscon (and other shows) and she does it exceedingly well.
Since I'm one of the store managers, my job is to get jewelry that is made well, beautiful, and "stone centric". I find the every day beautiful pieces that most people can afford. I'm also a crystal/energy worker, so I'm usually scouting out pieces that are pretty AND energetically supportive. Juicy, helpful pieces. You know what I mean? I rarely select overtly metaphysical designs, but I pluck up the pieces that can manage to give me a good buzz in the chaotic, loud energy space that is the Tucson Gem Show.
When my eyes go numb with over stimulation--and yes, it is possible to see too many shiny things in a day--I will often resort to scanning for the right piece with my hands. It's kinda like dowsing without a pendulum. I've been a crystal worker since my late 20's and I'm in my early 50's now, so it's been a hot minute that I've been kanoodling with the mineral kingdom. If you don't know what might be helpful and are looking for a piece of jewelry that would be supportive to you, I'm definitely happy to help.
Since 2020 is literally the weirdest year ever, we are going to be spending more time sharing the retail jewelry collection here on the website instead of letting it languish in a store with a fraction of our normal foot traffic. This year is changing so many things! So, stay tuned! More jewelry is coming!
If you don't see a piece you love in the stone you want, please contact us and we will see what we have at the physical store in downtown Asheville for you. Renee' Kawar, the owner's mother, takes care of our distant rock/jewelry shoppers, so if you are looking for specific jewelry that you don't see on the website, we will do our best to look through the store backstock to see what we have. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and describe what you are seeking, and your price range, and we will get you photos or quick video clips of what we have! If you need a metaphysical consult for what stone might be helpful to wear with whatever situation you got going on, you can email me at email@example.com. Since we are dividing our time between the retail store and the website these days, please be patient if it takes us a business day or two to get back to you. We have certain days set aside to do website tasks and the other days we are in the physical store.