Britt’s Pick: Long Leaf Drop Earrings by Alishan

I’ve recently been seeking jewelry with an assortment of pastel-color gemstones—I’m drawn to the soft shades because their juxtaposition of gentle color and impactful design is spellbinding.

Just today, I was introduced to a brilliant example of this. From the always-impressive Alishan, I find this pair of earrings to be really remarkable.

Jewelry featuring leaves sometimes has a way of feeling very one-season: too tropical and it seems destined for summer; too warm, and it’s autumnal, often paired with gemstones in brown, orange, yellow, and red.

Now, you can certainly wear leaf jewelry any time you please, but this pair appears to escape being pigeonholed into any specific time of year. I feel as if I can actually see each season in them. Spring’s soft colors: baby green and yellow and blue (multicolor champagne diamonds and aquamarines); summer’s tropical leaves, worthy of fanning yourself with or sheltering from the sun; autumn’s warm gold and whimsical lines and shapes, like tall rows of corn at harvest; and winter’s icy surfaces, glistening clear and white with cracks and needles beneath it (the rutilated quartz).

I wouldn’t dare call this pair trendy—instantly classic, there is no expiration date to assign—but they do happen to be on trend. Long, linear drops have been making more and more appearances as of late, with mobile-style silhouettes headlining the pack (most recently at Cannes, as seen on Julianne Moore).

As for these dangling delights, I hope to see them on display at Luxury by JCK next week (oh my gosh, did I just say next week?!), where I’ll be sure to leave my own pair of earrings at home, just to make trying these on all the easier.

Visit Alishan in the Design @ Luxury neighborhood, LUXD32065, and at

Top: Leaf earrings in 18k yellow gold with 28.9 cts. t.w. rutilated quartz, 2.71 cts. t.w. cabochon aquamarines, and 0.85 ct. t.w. multicolor champagne diamonds, price on request

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