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THE BAULE Sun Stud Earrings



THE BAULE Sun Stud Earrings are a miniature version of the classic Baule Sun bead design. Each piece features delicate detailing carefully crafted to mimic the filigree like texture of original Baule bead work. The Baule people are a group indigenous to Western Africa known for their rich brass and gold smithing culture. They used as beads for ceremonial purposes for centuries. Larger versions of gold beads like these might be passed down as part of a matrilineal family’s sacred inheritance, which is made of precious objects that are kept as a shrine to the family’s ancestors. They are also used in ceremonies to demonstrate the head of the family’s wealth. Each bead is named after a common or proverbial object, such as "bamboo door", "setting sun," or "sun and moon" and there is a saying attached to each name. Circular beads, like this design, have special significance in Baule culture and are sometimes given to a bride’s family as a symbol of the groom’s intent to marry. Made using the traditional lost wax method.

Metal Info & Care

Available in: Sterling Silver, 18K Gold Vermeil (18K Gold over Sterling Silver), Solid 10K, 14K, 18K, & 24K Gold.

Made with fair trade African gold and conflict-free fine metals.

Earrings measure 8.5mm in diameter.

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All orders are individually and ethically handmade and ship in 3-5 weeks. ***Due to co-vid there may be unanticipated delays. We thank you for your patience at this time.

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