Botryllus Polycyclus (Ascidiae) earrings, in green
Botryllus Polycyclus (Schlosseri) of the class Ascidiae - a colony forming marine animal, from Ernst Haeckel's ‘Kunstformen der Natur’, 1899-1904.
Ernst Haeckel (1834 – 1919) was a German biologist, physician, professor, and artist who discovered and described thousands of new species. ‘Kunstformen der Natur’ (Art Forms in Nature) was a book of lithographic and halftone prints made from his drawings, in which he set out to convey the beauty, intricacy and organisation of natural forms. His work was influential not only in the natural sciences but also in early 20th-century art, architecture, and design.
The earring pendant trays measure 12mm diameter and 3.5mm deep, and are made from silver-plated brass. The glass cabochons are 10mm across and 6mm in depth, deeper than standard cabochons, creating an interesting and lively magnifying effect. All earrings have sterling silver hooks and come in a sturdy black card gift box.