Fenouil Diamond Gold Earrings
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Fenouil 18ct yellow gold earrings set with diamonds. Inspired on the beautiful dried fennel seed heads used by the Imazighen (Berbers) as natural toothpicks in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. From the journey to Morocco.

These earrings measure approximately 53x10mm.

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The Berber's 'toothpicks' grow all over the Moroccan hillsides and roadsides. These Ammi Visnaga plants are tall tree-like fennel with ridged arms that open wide their slender fingers to the sun in spring and close them as if in prayer once they dry and let their seeds fly.

The Berber's are very fond of the long stems of the seed pod as they are the perfect length and thickness to use as toothpicks! I found these dries pods in bundles in the Medina and admired their fragility and golden beauty. I drew sketches of them as earring and pendants with the delicate toothpicks hanging from the base of the flower head.


One of the most renowned and romantic stones of all, the diamond has a rich and sparkling history. A symbol of eternal love famed since ancient Greece, etymology denotes that the word diamond comes from the Greek 'Adamas' meaning unconquerable, and so it is, as the hardest of all gemstones.

The birthstone for April, these jewels are believed to increase energy, detoxify the body from impurities, and bring you inner courage. In shades varying from colourless, pale yellow to green, red, pink and blue, diamonds are found in lots of colours across South Africa, Australia, as well as Namibia, Russia and China. The most prized, pure diamonds are colourless and all are composed entirely of carbon.

They are graded by the 4 C's, carat weight, colour, clarity and cut. Diamonds are faceted to display a unique combination of this adamantine lustre and fire, displaying a higher degree of dispersion than any other natural colourless gemstone. A high degree of skill is required to ensure precision, proportion, and precise facet edges, as well as sharp scintillation. A popular cut is round brilliant, with 57 well-proportioned facets to show off the optical effects of brilliance and dispersion, but there are other cuts including square, pear, marquise and oval.

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