jeweler's bench

A few years back I bought the estate of a bench jeweler who worked from about 1890 to 1940. Among his things was a box of never-used agate flowers, that were likely cut in the early 20th century. I finally put a couple to use to make these earrings, pairing them with 1980s shield shaped pink tourmaline to mirror the pentagonal shape of the flowers. The colors mirror each other too of course, but mostly I like how the tourmaline makes them feel modern: adding a bit of asymmetry and a certain superhero quality to otherwise ordinary flowers.