1550s, from Latin nectar, from Greek nektar, name of the drink of the gods, which is perhaps an ancient Indo-European poetic compound of nek- "death" (from PIE root *nek- (1) "death") + -tar "overcoming," from PIE root *tere- (2) "cross over, pass through, overcome." Sense of "any delicious drink" is from 1580s. Meaning "sweet liquid in flowers" first recorded c. 1600.
made of: sterling silver, copper, 24K, vitreous enamel
measurements: These miniature bees measure just over 3/8ths of an inch in diameter.
process: In addition to the fabrication of the tiny sterling silver settings, the enameling process for making these earrings is labor-intensive. It involves laying layers of finely-ground glass onto the copper forms and firing them multiple times at very high temperatures in a kiln. Then I painstakingly gather, cut and arrange fragments of imagery from different eras in history and fuse them into the enamel, along with 24k gold, to tell the stories we may have forgotten.