Britt’s Pick: Paraiba Citrus Vine Earrings by Anabela Chan



Here’s a pair of earrings that will appeal to a wide range of audiences: October babies, shoppers stuck in a year-round summer, customers demanding responsibly made jewelry, people who like fruit.

What?

That’s right, fruit! Gorgeous, color-saturated, juicy, gemmy fruit.

From Anabela Chan‘s Forbidden Fruit collection, the Citrus Vine earrings may have been a prime example of peak summer, but I still must insist they are perfect for fall. Featuring October’s other birthstone—tourmaline, in paraiba form this time—and a vine-like silhouette that’s sprouting leaf shapes galore, these totally say, “It’s warm, but it’s fall, and we know winter is coming, too.”

With icy blue tones and glittering diamonds, they evoke the bare branches of winter, in a beautiful Frozen-esque way. They don’t exactly scream “holiday festivities” (you know the look: lots of glittering diamonds, red and green, if you’re looking for literal interpretations; stars; and snowflakes), but what they do impart is the quiet, cold stillness of a winter solstice—beautiful and enchanting.

Featuring pear-shape, lab-grown paraiba tourmaline drops that anchor the glittering veins of diamond vines (which are also man-made), the Citrus Vine earrings bloom with marquise-shape paraiba, blue sapphires, and blue topaz.

This particular pair, according to Chan’s website, is currently sold out, but there is an amazing array of other fruity finds to drool over. Inspired by exotic flora and fauna seen while traveling around the world, the designer has taken succulent sweets that already make us crave the food of other locales (doesn’t fruit always taste better on vacation?)—Sicilian lemons, tropical pineapples, sweet cherries, blackberries, grapefruit—and blinged them out in her signature way.

If the look of Chan’s work wasn’t enough, shoppers seeking responsible goods will fall for the designer’s use of sustainable materials and lab-created gemstones.

Top: Citrus Vine earrings in 18k white gold and rhodium vermeil with lab-grown paraiba tourmaline, sapphires, blue topaz, and diamonds, £1,260 ($1,552); Anabela Chan

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