Coccolithophore 'Coccolithus' Earrings
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The Coccolithus earrings are based on the complicated structures of coccolithophores, specifically Coccolithus pelagicus. The shell of this unicellular phytoplankton is composed of interlocking plates, called coccoliths, composed of calcium carbonate. Occasionally, huge increases in coccolithophore populations, called 'coccolithophore blooms' are evident as massive patches of turquoise color in the ocean. Although blooms appear to be happening more frequently with global warming, the carbon fixation by coccolithophores could potentially reduce carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere and therefore counteract the effects of global warming.
These elegant earrings are 1.2 cm (0.47 inch) x 1.4 cm (0.55 inch) below the loop, and each earring weighs 3 g.
The earrings are 3D printed in lightly polished solid sterling silver or bronze and finished with nickel-free sterling silver or rose gold-plated silver hooks to match, and are ready for gift giving with a gift box, polishing cloth, and care instructions.