Quick Facts: The earrings, and original design from Butterfly Sundries' Beautiful World Collection, measure at a little more than .5 inch from the base of the earring hook; their width is just shy of .75 inch. These earrings are made to order in copper or brass. The Story: One of the many things I love about Washington state is the diverse landscapes. Temperate rain forests, mountains, desert (yes, we have that too; not all of the state is Seattle-like!), ocean, islands and river valleys- I never get bored of my scenery options for spur-of-the-moment road trips. Since relocating to the foothills of the Cascades, however, much of my immediate inspiration has been coming from the glorious Cascade mountains. This pendant was inspired by one such nighttime road trip when I admired the mountain forests in the moonlight. Made from brass sheet metal, these earrings have been cut to size, had their rough edges smoothed, and then they were polished. The designs were hand-rendered before being gently placed into an acid bath which ate away the undesired portions. Once taken from the bath they were washed, antiqued to bring out the beauty revealed by their ordeal, holes were drilled to allow them to be worn, and then they were polished. Hanging on handmade earring hooks made of 22g wire with a decorative spiral, every portion of these earrings show handmade craftsmanship. Copper and brass do, of course, over time develop an attractive patina. This is part of the beauty of the material. The pendant does have a thin protective layer of wax to protect it, but expect the beautiful patina to gradually appear. The earrings measure at a little less than .75 inch from the base of the earring hook; their width is about the same. A Butterfly Sundries' original design, you won't find these elsewhere. From beginning to end, this item is handmade with love... with all the attention you deserve! *Please note: the earrings you receive, though the same design as what is pictured, may have slight variations from the one you see in the photos. Each design is rendered by hand and the acid eats away at the copper edges differently each time. The wire work is done for each individually, each metal piece is cut separately... Each set sold is one-of-a-kind amazing and just as unique as its owner. :) This item comes with a FREE white gift box, for your gift-giving pleasure! As always, 10% of the profits from the sale of this item goes to support the current Featured Charity.