These pieces were chosen for their perfect markings which identify them readily as birch.
The dark lines are known as lenticels. They act as pores to allow gas exchange between the tree and the air. I never wondered about that until I started working with birch. It's such amazing stuff!
These long slender pieces have charm dangles on the ends made of small turquoise rondels and white Heishi fresh water pearls. The silver rings which attach the birch on both top and bottom are sterling.
Ear wires are made of hypoallergenic niobium in light gray with silver ball accent.
Total length from piercing is 3 1/4 inches
The birch slice is 2 inches long and 3/8 inches wide