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vintage map and dictionary earrings

by Betsy Carr
Handmade
Recycled
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Handmade of oxidized, recycled sterling silver, these delicate earrings feature paper from vintage maps and dictionaries from all over the world.

Handmade in North Carolina by Betsy Carr.

Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary; sorry no choice of words or language.
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Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
17966
Made from
silver
Measurements
1" L x 0.5" dia
Notes
earwire is oxidized silver sterling silver weight: 0.1 oz
  • the maker

Betsy Carr

In Betsy's words, "I can't be sure how it all started. Maybe it was the summers spent rifling through my grandmother's attic, or the piles of floral bedsheets in my mother's linen closet, begging to be cut apart and made into something new. That, or my father's habit of finding clever uses for things otherwise meant for the trash. Something from my past stirred up a fondness for rescuing old things and prompted an avocation.

I'm in love with the idea that these bits of paper and scraps of fabric had stories of their own before reaching my hands. And it tickles me to imagine that people who wear my work are reminded of events from their own storied pasts.

I began using these materials in my artwork as a studio arts student at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Several years after finishing my degree I began studying silversmithing at Arrowmont School of Craft in Gatlinburg, TN. The jewelry I make now draws from both of these experiences.

My jewelry line, foundling, incorporates pages from old books, vintage patterned fabrics, timeworn beads, illustrations and recycled silver. Silver mining takes a sad toll on the environment. I'm happy to have a source for silver recycled from the world's existing supply and I use it as much as possible.

In addition to limited edition work, I produce a wholesale line of vintage papers and fabrics set in oxidized silver bezels. The graphic text, softly colored maps and sweet vintage florals combine vintage goodness with modern sensibility in necklaces, earrings and bracelets that are wearable conversation pieces."

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VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (16)
  • Good length (10)
  • Unique (10)
  • Stylish (8)
  • Beautiful (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (13)
  • Casual dresser (7)
  • Office (6)
  • Travel (4)
  • Business (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (11), Practical (11), Classic style (9), Stylish (6), Modern (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (8), No (7)

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5.0

Extraordinary

By 

from somewhere over the rainbow

About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

Pros

  • Creative
  • Good Length
  • Good Quality
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anytime

    Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

    I bought the map earrings for myself just a little while ago, and I love them! they were absolutely perfect. The map is a little hard to match because it's pale green, but that could go with anything!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No, No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

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    5.0

    Great gift idea

    By 

    from Seattle, WA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Dazzles
    • Good Length
    • Good Quality
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business
      • Casual
      • Everyday

      Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

      Great Christmas gifts. I bought the map earrings for my sister (the world traveler) and the dictionary earrings for my wife (the voracious reader). Both were big hits!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Great gift!

      By 

      from Fort Worth, TX

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Length
      • Good Quality
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

          I bought these for my friend's birthday. She loved them. They are very unique looking, yet go with almost any outfit.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          The perfect gift

          By 

          from Carmel, IN

          About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dazzles
          • Good Length
          • Good Quality
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business
            • Casual
            • Everyday

            Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

            I bought these as a gift for my world-traveling friend. They are perfect! She loved them! So unique and lovely quality.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Perfect Gift for an Editor!

            By 

            from Fort Lauderdale, FL

            About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual
              • Everyday

              Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

              The vintage dictionary earrings were a gift for my sister, who is an editor at a major university publishing house. She was delighted because they are funky and clever, and are a wink & a nod to her profession while being cool at the same time. She says the quality is good and the design looks great.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Perfect

              By 

              from Northern VA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual

                Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

                Bought these for my mom, who's working on a mapping project. What a hit! They are quite unique, and the perfect gift.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Love. Them.

                By 

                from Lancaster County, PA

                About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Stunning
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual

                  Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

                  Gorgeous and quirky.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Arrived very promptly and in perfect condition.

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect gift

                  By 

                  from Detroit area

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Length
                  • Good Quality
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual
                    • Everyday

                    Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

                    I got these for my 20ish daughter and she just loves them!

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                    5.0

                    Love them - Perfect Size - Conversation

                    By 

                    from Elverson, PA

                    About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Length
                    • Good Quality
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                    • Too Small

                    Best Uses

                    • Business
                    • Casual
                    • Everyday

                    Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

                    Good Conversation Piece

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                    4.0

                    very cool idea for two recycled material

                    By 

                    from Woodbridge VA

                    About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful
                    • Good Length
                    • Good Quality
                    • Stylish
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Too Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday
                    • Office

                    Comments about VINTAGE MAP AND DICTIONARY EARRINGS:

                    Beautiful and unique; I like the fact these use recycled materials. Workmanship and quality seem high.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Very prompt delivery!!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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