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3D printed in smooth and slightly textured sterling silver hand-polished to a mild sheen.
These unusual earrings depict an important anatomical structure on the leaf surface of many plants, the glandular trichome. Glandular trichomes are common among members of the mint family, i.e, basil, peppermint and rosemary, as well as in Cannabis sativa. Essential oils and other secondary metabolies like tetahydrocannabinol (THC) are stored in the spherical head of the trichome. These molecules act primarily as a defense against small herbivores like insects, but they tend to have an attractive effect on larger herbivores like humans.
Earrings ship from Shapeways without earring hooks. You will need to purchase and attach them yourself. Each earring weighs approximately 3.8 g when 3D-printed in metal and are about 1.8cm in diameter including trichomes.