This piece is another in which elements from the Earth join some from the Sea, to my delight. When I bought the Rose Quartz briolettes, I was quite fortunate; the baroque pearls were in that same salesroom, which made the designing of this piece easy. All I had to do is decide what other color to use, what size and whether dark or pastel. Later I had the offer of a few large briolettes in R. Q. which fit rather well with the ones I had purchased with the pearls. The Argentium bail used here to suspend one of them is virtually tarnish proof. The earrings also use Argentium so they will stay bright and shiny even with the extra handling earrings inevitably get. I decided this year to use the more expensive Argentium to make the earrings in my work, to spare wearers the trouble of polishing them so frequently. At present with the price of silver at $34 per oz., just the components in these earrings cost $36, so I may have to reconsider my decision.