- These earrings are handcrafted from:
Turquoise colored stone skull beads,
Red resin flowers,
Antique Bronze green leaves,
Silver-plated French hook ear wires.
- Measures approx. 1 1/2 inch/ 3.81 cm drop
While these earrings are not quite sugar skulls, I was definitely trying to capture the beauty and significance of the skulls. The reason for sugar skulls goes all the way back to prehistoric times when the skull was a predominant figure in Mesoamerican societies and in various aspects. One of these aspects was the tzompantli, a wooden rack in which the skulls of war prisoners or human sacrifices were displayed. These civilizations believed in a spiritual life after death, and so these skulls were an offering to the god of the underworld, Mictlantecuhtli, who would assure safe passage into the land he ruled. The tzompantli could also be an altar illustrating this journey from the terrestrial life into the spiritual one, and it’s not uncommon to find sugar skulls that are decorated and colored with Mictlantecuhtli’s face!
With this kind of earring becoming part of the Rockabilly reboot, I think they could be worn all year round.
“It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull.”