Beaded Gemstone Earrings
Earrings Inspired by the Barbary Coast
When settlers and traders from Europe arrived on the western coast of Africa during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, they were dazzled by the handmade jewelry that was produced by local artisans. The designs were like nothing they had ever seen before with their blazing colors and beautiful handmade beads. The John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry Barbary Coast earrings collection was inspired by these jewelry designs that became a status symbol in Europe. The collection was named after the term used for the western coast of Africa during the time period as a reference to those gorgeous pieces.
Matching the Barbary Earrings to Your Face Shape
The John S. Brana Barbary Coast Earrings Collection has three basic shapes, each of which is ideal for complementing certain facial shapes. They are:
- Hoops - Our hoop earrings are traditional hoops embellished with colored gemstone beads along their outer edges. The hoops have a lever closure, so they project forward from the ears. This style adds drama without added width, making the earrings perfect for round and square faces. They will also suit oblong, oval and rectangular face shapes because they do not add length to the profile.
- Tear Drops - The tear drop earrings are dangle designs that have beads around their outer edges just like the hoops. Because they are heavier on the bottom, they are perfect for heart-shaped and triangular faces, as they will balance the look of a wider forehead. Shorter styles can be used to soften the contours of a rectangular face, while the larger, longer styles are a beautiful choice for square-shaped faces.
- Scrolls - The scroll earrings come in tight and looser curls and have beads along their outer edges. The tightly curled scrolls are perfect for adding width to a narrow face, while the looser scrolls will lengthen a shorter facial shape.