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Janis Joplin Earrings

Janis Joplin Earrings

  • Miyuki Delica Glass Seed Beads; Size 15
  • C-Lon Thread
  • 24k Gold Plated Seed Beads
  • 14k Gold Filled Ear Wires


Length: 4 1/4 inches (4.25 inches) x Width: 5/8 inches (.62 inches)


For this fringe earring pattern we used matte black beads & 24k shiny gold plated seed beads. Yes, the gold beads are made with real gold! The matte black color of the background setting makes the gold bead diamond pattern sparkle that much more.


We used the smallest bead size available with these earrings. Using these tiny beads is significantly more difficult & requires a larger amount of beads, however, we have found the size 15 seed beads look better in the fringe earring setting. For example, in the fringe part of the earring the seed beads sit better, resembling one long tube rather than many beads stacked on top of one another.


They are the perfect statement earring for those who appreciate simplicity - understated elegance. While the average fringe earring is relatively large, our fringe earrings maintain most of their size in their length rather than their width.


These earrings are perfect for those who have sensitive skin. The ear wire is hypoallergenic & with proper care, will not tarnish, turn, or stain your skin!


We have used different types of gold in this piece. The part of the earrings that touch your skin, the ear wire, is 14k gold filled - perfect for those with sensitive skin! The beads throughout the earrings, however, are 24k gold plate. Gold plate is a less durable type of gold, however, one of the best types of jewelry to use gold-plate in are earrings, as they are sheltered from heavy wear & tear & will last longer.

See the information sections at the bottom for more information on 14k gold filled ear wires & how to take care of your fringe earrings.


Our fringe earrings are part of the Musicista Donna Collection, which celebrates the iconic earring style of the 1970's - a time when statement, bohemian, fringe, dangle, & yellow gold earrings were on trend. Each pair is named after an iconic female musician during this time.
For more information about this collection, visit our blog post titled "Musicista Donna" ✧


Depending on stock, these earrings may be made to order. Please allow 7 days for construction + shipping time. 

  • Janis Joplin was known for her exceptional vocals that are described as "raw" & "untreated" - from the heart. A product of the blues era, Janis was influenced by singers who had powerful vocals like her own, such as Lead Belly & Bessie Smith.

    She started singing as a young child in the church choir, but it wasn't until 1962 that she started performing at small venues on the University of Texas at Austin's campus, including the well known bar, Threadgill's.

    In 1963 she left school & headed to San Francisco to follow her dream to be a musician. That same year she performed her biggest show yet, side stage at the Monterey Film Festival.

    By 1966 Janis joined a band, Big Brother & the Holding Company. They grew popular in the Bay Area. They made their big break in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival. Their hit song was a Big Mama Thornton cover, "Ball & Chain," which showcased her unique voice.

    After their performance at Monterey, Big Brother & the Holding Company signed with Columbia Records. The infamous Albert Grossman, who managed huge acts such as The Band, Bob Dyland, & Peter, Paul, & Mary, became their manager. Shortly after they recorded their first album at Columbia, "Cheap Thrills," which went gold in 1968. 

    At this point band members started to become jealous at the attention that Janis was getting. In December of that same year Janis left Big Brother & started her solo career. 

    1969 was a big year for Janis. She recorded her first solo album, "I Got Dem Old Kozmic Blues Again Mama!," she was arrested in Tampa, FL after a performance for using vulgar language on stage, she performed with Tina Turner at Madison Square Garden, made the cover of Newsweek, & sang with Tom Jones on his televised variety show.

    It is now 1970. When Joplin heard her idol Bessie Smith was buried in an unmarked grave, she & Juanita Smith paid for a tombstone - it read "The Greatest Blues Singer In The World Will Never Stop Singing."

    Back in Los Angeles, Joplin recorded her second solo studio album, "Pearl." 

    Tragically, not long after her album was finished, Joplin died of an accidental overdose at Hollywood's Landmark Hotel. After she was cremated her ashes were spread in the Pacific Ocean & along Stinson Beach in Northern California.

    Three days before she died, Joplin recorded a birthday greeting for her friend, John Lennon of the Beatles. Lennon later said he received the tape after she had passed. 

    In Janis' last will & testament, she left $2,500 for her friends to throw a party in the event she died. The party was held at the Lion's Share club in San Anselmo, California. The invitations read, "Drinks are on Pearl." The Grateful Dead performed. 

    In 1971 "Pearl" was released & quickly rose to the top of the charts. The track "Buried Alive In The Blues" was cut as an instrumental because Janis never got to record the vocals. The hit single "Me & Bobby McGee" was written by Kris Kristofferson, a former lover of Janis.

    In 1995, 25 years after her death, Janis Joplin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - only 8% of inductees are women. 10 years later she was awarded a Recording Academy Lifetime Acheivement Award at the Grammys.

    In 2013 Joplin was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star, the 2,510th, is infront of the Musician's Institute on Hollywood Boulevard. 

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