These gourd drop earrings set in 950 sterling silver are a unique and beautiful addition to any jewelry collection. Handcrafted from natural gourd, each pair is truly one-of-a-kind and incorporates a traditional gourd-etching art tradition.
To create the intricate gourd designs, an artist first draws then chisels the lovebird and flower designs onto the gourd. With a technique using straw ash, the background is blackened to make the designs pop. Finally, the gourd is waxed and polished to seal the design.
This technique has been used in Peruvian Andes for centuries, with the oldest etched gourd being over 4,000 years old. These earrings are a beautiful piece that helps preserve and celebrate this Andean gourd art tradition.