Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson Earrings of Purple Charoite and 14kt Gold
“Lilac stone” was first discovered in the 1940s in the Chara River area of Russia. It was in the 1970s, when this striking purple gem stone first entered Western markets as charoite. The first Native American jeweler to use charoite was the highly celebrated Hopi artist Charles Loloma. That paved the way for contemporary Native American jewelers and stone connoisseurs Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson to create this gorgeous pair of earrings out of charoite.
The 14kt gold and charoite earrings are just MADE for you lovers of all things purple. The earrings are not subtle due to their bold color yet they still manage to be sophisticated. It's not surprising, then, that they come from the private, personal collection of Native American jewelry icon Martha Hopkins Struever.
The earrings are so good that they're even in the book "Shared Images: The Innovative Jewelry of Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird."
They measure 1 3/4" from the top of their french wire to the bottom of the earring, and they are 3/4" wide. For pierced ears, of course.
They're hallmarked on the reverse.