7-Spot Ladybird Earrings (drop or stud)

£80.00£87.50

The ladybird is a joy to behold (unless, of course, you’re a greenfly) and even prompts adults to indulge in childhood past-times such as predicting this little insect’s age by counting its black spots.

My enthusiasm to accentuate these ‘proud’ spots resulted in something more akin to a pig with acne! Now that I’ve indented them, I feel that they more truly represent these emotive insects and have earned their place in my collection.

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Description

INSPIRATION for the Ladybird Earrings.

Few insects capture the spirit of childhood and carry it all the way through to adulthood as the ladybird. So a pair of ladybird earrings is sure to bring a smile to your face. For many, it was an obvious candidate for the “British Wildlife” aspect of my collection, alongside my Queen Bee and Stag Beetle – but not for me. Their glorious vibrant red and their vivid spots are what sets them apart – neither of which is easy to capture in a monochrome silver palate. But in terms of character, symbolism and sentimentality – they absolutely belong in my collection. I resisted many calls for a ladybird – but when my sister asked me to model a ladybird for my niece, I finally gave in.

I chose the 7-Spot Ladybird as my model. It is a common ladybird in the UK and, artistically, has a nice balace of spots across it’s back. Initially I modelled it to scale – which is really very small. I also had to decide how to capture those spots in silver. Initially, I modelled them protruding from the wing cases – so that they were proper spots which captured the light. Unfortunately, they had the effect of rounding off the quite angular shape of the ladybird (wing cases to underneath). And Ladybird Mk I (aka Piggy due to it’s resemblance to a pig) was condemned to my drawer of shame. This model is marginally larger than in reality and has the spots scribed into the wing cases. A much more pleasing solution!

 

Material:

Sterling Silver

Hallmarked or Makers Mark:

Makers’ Mark

Dimensions:

The ladybird measures 10mm wide (incl. legs) and 11mm long. Total drop length of drop earrings is 27mm

Shipping information

Free UK delivery.

I send all items by registered mail to ensure that they are delivered safely.

Order leadtimes

I aim to keep a small stock of each item, including popular sizes, at all times. Should an item be out of stock or made to order, order leadtime is normally 3-4 weeks.

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