These stunning earrings are a product of the early 20th century Meiji period, boasting an intricate design that incorporates Japanese lacquered Hairpins and green tsavorites. The intricate golden maki-e work on the hairpins are exquisite, complementing an overall elegance of the design. The diamonds and the tsavorites have been mounted on 9K gold and black rhodium plated sterling silver.
This Meiji period Maki-e Lacquer work combs and hairpins were crafted for Geishas and designed with the inspiration of flowers, from the gardens of ancient imperial palaces and forts of Japan. The combs were Maki-e lacquered, i.e., sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a cannister (makizutsu) or a hair-tipped paint brush (kebo brush). The technique was developed mainly during the Heian period (794–1185) to decorate screens, albums, letter boxes, and ink-slab cases. To create different colours and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper etc. as alloys. Bamboo tubes and soft brushes of various sizes are used for laying powders and drawing fine lines. As it requires highly skilled craftsmanship to produce a maki-e painting, young artists usually go through many years of training to develop the skills and to ultimately become maki-e masters.
After sourcing the Hairpins, the design took over 3 months to create and finish with over 10 craftsmen involved at various stages.
Tsavorite : 3.03 ct. | Diamonds: 0.74 ct.
Dimension: 4.88(L)x2.67(W)x1.37(D) cm. |
Weight: 24.12 g