Earrings are perhaps the most common species found in jewelry boxes. They tend to come in pairs although singletons also exist, sometimes occuring accidentally in the chaotic environment of some habitats. Key identifying features include a functional attachment part, most commonly in the shape of a fish hook and a decorative portion which can vary widely in appearance. In some species, the decorative part is a simple dangle but elaborate shapes called chandeliers also exist. The best time to observe these earring creatures in all their glory is when they are on the earlobes of their symbiotic hosts.

Earrings have two main breeding seasons - Valentine's Day and Christmas. Although when conditions are ideal, they also breed plentifully at beading parties and workshops. Earrings appear to reproduce rapidly when there is an abundant supply of beads, findings, gemstones which they need. The offspring often resemble their parents in basic structure but defer in other respects.

Anne's cobalt blue earrings on niobium ear wires belong to the tri-dangle species and greatly resembles its parent, Pearl's topaz earrings, mainly by colour as you can see above. Some banding differences with bugle beads can be observed.

Whereas Cathy and Liz's double hoop earring species were large faceted affairs which filled the lower hoop unlike the parent design where smaller crystals were suspended. Cathy's earrings sported faceted rondelles and glass cubes at the top replacing the smaller hoops. Liz's earrings however, differed in the just the colour and the size of the lower crytals.

I love how these "daughter" designs turned out. These are surely cases where the students outdid the teacher, don't you think?

Beader Designs # : 270-275
The Beading Gem's Journal