Real Gold Dipped Leaves

It’s a sad thing when you purchase a particular bead/component for a jewelry design and end up not doing anything with it for nearly a year. Where does the time go?! What is so fantastic about the new pieces that I have posted is that they come directly from nature. That’s right. Picked right off the tree (okay, well, maybe the ground?). And what better way to celebrate the peak of the fall season than to be adorned by these lovelies.

This crystal necklace and earrings are designed with real oak leaves set against the warmth of gold metal. Each leaf is unique and special, capturing a part of nature, resulting in a beautiful piece of wearable art.
Real Oak Leaf Crystal Earrings (E135)
Real Oak Leaf Crystal Earrings (E135)
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Sparkle amongst the autumn leaves wearing these real lacey oak leaves which have been hand-dipped and electroformed in 24 karat gold, accented with crystal copper Swarovski Crystals. Finished with gold leverback earwires. Leaf earrings measure 1-7/8" from the bottom of the earwire; oak leaf measures 1-1/2".

Real Oak Leaf Pendant Crystal Necklace (N034)
Real Oak Leaf Pendant Crystal Necklace (N034)
One of a Kind
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An elegant handmade beaded necklace that is reminiscent of autumn acorns and oak. Accented with crystal copper Swarovski Crystals drops along a 14 karat long and short gold-fill cable style chain with a real oak leaf pendant which has been hand-dipped and electroformed in 24 karat gold. The overall necklace measures 17-3/4"; the leaf drop is 2" and the oak leaf measures 1-1/2" in length.

Find both of these stunning fall leaf jewelry pieces under the fall beaded jewelry.

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So how’d they do that?

Electroformed Genuine Leaves

The art of electroforming leaves - A real leaf is pressed flat and dried. Once dried, the leaf’s pulp is removed in a light acid bath, resulting in a fragile leaf skeleton. The leaf is dried once more and then hand painted with a copper based paint, which allows it to be electroformed. The leaf is next submerged in an electrolytic solution and with the magic of the positive/negative charges from electricity, over a 3 day period, metal deposits onto the copper based surface. If the leaf has fine veining then a filigree leaf will result. If a leaf has little veining then the electroformed surface will be solid. Prolong electroforming will also result in a more solid form. The final metallic leaf finish is dependent on the electrolytic solution used.

How to care for your leaf jewelry

Leaves should be cleaned carefully with a warm cloth and not with abrasives to maintain its longevity. Each leaf is unique and special, capturing a part of nature, resulting in a beautiful piece of wearable art.

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