• Image of chantoozie earrings
  • Image of chantoozie earrings

These funky retro-style earrings are very light to wear as the beads are handmade almost like papier maché.

I was given these beads by a very kind Czechoslovakian gentleman many years ago. He'd arrived in Australia with his small costume jewellery factory and was retired. He told me these were made of semolina and fish scales are what give the pearl-esque shine. You'd think they'd have gone off by now, but they were treated with some kind of preservative. He told me all beads of this sort at that time were made like this.

I've finally had the heart to use them in this little range I've called 'Chantoozie' after the most wonderful band who used to bring the house down.

The chain and hooks are 22ct gold-plated brass
length 9cms