The Minnesota state flower is the feminine-looking Lady’s Slipper orchid. It grows slowly, taking up to 16 years to produce the first flowers! Blooming in late June or early July, the plants may live, on average, about 50 years and can grow to be over four feet tall. Since 1925, this rare wildflower has been protected by Minnesota state law. In fact, it’s illegal to pick, uproot or unearth the flowers.
Nature enthusiasts and gardeners love these handmade, copper, Lady’s Slipper earrings. You will feel unique wearing these special earrings. They are a great compliment for many outfits. They can be dressed up or worn casual.
Colored with my special, purple-flash, iridescent patina, the shading is stunning in person! They color shift from purple to blue like magic. I have applied a metal sealer to the front side to help preserve the colors. The nickel free ear wires and other areas of the earrings will naturally patina.
These earrings measure 1″ long (plus an additional 0.5″ drop with the ear wire) x 0.5″ wide.
To achieve the design on these earrings, I have used an acid etching technique. Years of experimenting with and fine tuning the process has led to the intricate details you see here.