MERCURY - haematite, 4mm
VENUS - soochow jade, 8mm
EARTH - apatite, 8mm
MARS - red agate, 6mm
Created to represent the colour and the relationship of size between each planet.
Just the four rocky planets which are closest to the sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. In between each gemstone bead there are sterling silver tubes and the beads move freely on the wire.
Sterling silver wire: - 2" (5cm) drop
I've asked four international bead buyers to look for gemstone beads that must be the correct size, colour and direction of stripyness - in the case of Jupiter. Of course they have to be matt too - the planets are not shiny! (Although sometimes the beads become shiny with wear.)
The image shown here is an example of the earrings and as all the pieces are created from natural gemstones they will differ from piece to piece. I do endeavour to use beads that look appropriate.