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Vintage Map and Dictionary Earrings

created by

Betsy Carr


created by

Betsy Carr

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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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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."



Made in the USA

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1" L x 0.5" dia
earwire is oxidized silver sterling silver weight: 0.1 oz
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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Only the Map Earrings (pictured left) are still available, other styles have sold out.

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