Tintinnids are microzooplankton ciliates, feeding on photosynthetic algae and bacteria while they themselves are food for larger creatures like copepods and fish. These single-celled eukaryotes are distinguished by their beautiful loricas (shells) which are bell-shaped and perforated in unusual patterns. Within the lorica is a mass of cilia surrounding the mouth. The cilia not only propel the Tintinnid but also sweep food into its mouth. Tintinnids have been noted in the fossil record since the Cretaceous period and are still an abundant and important component of marine and freshwater environments today
This earring design was inspired by the lorica of Dictyocysta lepida. Earrings shown in photos are solid sterling silver. The earrings measure 1.3 cm (0.5 inch) below the loop and 0.9 cm wide (0.35 in). Each earring weighs approximately 1.8 g.
The earrings are 3D printed in solid sterling silver, brass or bronze and finished with nickel-free sterling silver, gold-plated silver or rose gold-plated silver to match.