|A gorgeous pair of tiger earrings, designed with antique Japanese lacquered hairpins, with the silhouette of the tiger’s face decorated with white rose cut diamonds and orange sapphires. Tsavorites studded in the eyes of the Tiger brings the piece to life.
The hair pin, is a Meiji period maki-e lacquer piece (made in Circa 1900-1920) designed with the inspiration of flowers, from the gardens of ancient imperial palaces and forts of Japan. In the present day, traditional Japanese hairstyles accessories are not commonly worn, typically being worn only by geisha, maiko, sumo wrestlers, brides, and re-enactors, making it a modern day rare and unique accessory that stands out. Maki-e is Japanese lacquer 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.
As a spirit animal, the meaning for the tiger is said to be total willpower, courage, and personal strength. Some recognize tigers and dragons as powerful symbols representing the balanced forces of yin and yang. The Chinese god of wealth, Tsai Shen Yeh, is often shown sitting on top of a tiger to emphasize his power. In Chinese culture, tigers are seen as the guardian of children.
After sourcing the antique hair pins, this design took approximately 2 months to finish, with over 6 craftsmen and designers involved at various stages.
White Rose cut Diamonds: 0.89 ct.
Orange Sapphire: 2.76 ct.
Tsavorite: 0.23 ct.
Dimension: 4.32(L) x 3.53(W) x 1.96(D) cm.
Weight: 41 g.