Orb weavers make up a huge family of spiders, with 3122 different species worldwide! They make beautiful, sticky round webs, hence the name "orb."
This particular species is the golden silk orb weaver, also known as the banana spider. She is female, with some females being at least nine times the size of males.
Each spider is carefully plated in copper so that you can see all of the fine details of her hairy legs and pedipalps (the tiny appendages that look like antennae or pincers). Her abdomen has been replaced with a gorgeous manmade aurora opal, and a crescent moon rests at the top. Tiny stars sparkle on her legs.
Aurora opal is not susceptible to color fading, and is much less fragile than natural opal. It features a unique display of color reminiscent of aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.
Each spider is ethically sourced, meaning they are never harmed or killed for my work. They are collected after their natural death and carefully preserved.
This piece measures about 3 inches in length and comes on a 20-inch antiqued copper chain. If you would prefer a different length of chain or leather cord, please include a note at checkout.
All electroformed jewelry includes a copper care sheet as well as a jewelry polishing cloth to keep your piece looking its finest.