Spring has most certainly sprung here in the Washington, D.C., area, known for its annual cherry blossoms (and the hordes of onlookers that follow).
While peak season is over, cherry blossoms can be found all around the area still blooming their sweet shade of pink, while other flowering trees—magnolia, dogwood, jacaranda—echo their beauty in shades of purple, pink, and white.
It’s a marvelous treat for the eyes (not as much for the allergy-prone nose) and puts a spring in the step of all who see it. Much like this transitional season, though, the blossoms are all too fleeting, which is why we adore jewelry that commemorates them.
No brand does that better than Mikimoto, whose cherry blossom jewels have a long history. I only recently learned that a Cherry Blossom Queen is crowned at the close of D.C.’s annual festival each year with a ceremonial pearl crown by Mikimoto, gifted to the U.S. in 1957. (How did I, a jewelry editor, live in Washington for almost 10 years and not know that?!)
Mikimoto updates the cherry blossom motif in its newest offerings, with the brand’s signature pearls anchoring necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. I’m partial to these pretty earrings, with their scalloped lines of rose gold sparkling daintily with diamonds. They’re modern and appear youthful but attain the right mix of classic and on-trend, especially given our current fascination with fresh pearls. And they’re worthy of bequeathing to the next generation.
“The magnificently full and blushed floral presentation has been appreciated throughout centuries and across cultures,” said a statement from the brand. “Mikimoto’s ode to these beauties and their significance in Japanese culture can be seen throughout their stunning and delicate cherry blossom collection.”
Top: Cherry blossom earrings in 18k pink gold with 6 mm Akoya cultured pearls and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,500; MikimotoFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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