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The Discosphaera earrings are based on the unicellular phytoplankton coccolithophore, Discosphaera tubifera. In comparison to the coccolithophore Coccolithus pelagicus, the coccolith plates on this organism are uniquely trumpet-shaped. The trumpets are composed of calcium carbonate. Coccolithophores are photosynthetic and thus found at the sunnier depths of the ocean.