Stock This Kite Jewelry as Spring Blows In

If there were ever one perfect thing to symbolize spring (aside from a flower, of course) for me, it would have to be the kite. A harbinger of the incoming season, the kite is literally blown in using the wind—as winter’s cold air meets the new season’s warmth—as its motor. It thrives on the crossroads of our seasonal change.

Kavant Shartart Kiri-X earrings
Kiri-X earrings in 18k white gold with 10.4 cts. t.w. blue sapphires and 1.25 cts. t.w. diamonds, $18,780; Kavant & Sharart
Joshua J vintage-inspired pendant
One-of-a-kind pendant with 11.68 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Joshua J. Fine Jewelry
M. Spalten Ice earrings
Ice earrings in 18k white gold with Russian quartz and diamonds, $7,950; M. Spalten
Belle Etoile Chromatica pendant
Chromatica pendant in sterling silver with enamel and CZ, $225; Belle Étoile
Roberto Coin Frozen II amethyst earrings
Frozen II earrings in 18k white gold with amethyst, price on request; Roberto Coin
Jane Taylor Cirque mini Frida earrings with jackets
Cirque one-of-a-kind mini Frida earring jackets in 18k white gold with 6.28 cts. t.w. white topaz and 0.64 ct. t.w. pale blue sapphire, $2,265 (studs sold separately); Jane Taylor

Here in Washington, D.C., the annual kite festival, which coincides with our celebration of the cherry blossoms, often seems to fall on just the right day: not so warm you can’t be without a jacket, not so frigid you can’t stand to be outdoors. Wonderfully windy, as is necessary.

K Mita black diamond Diana ring
Diana ring in 14k rose gold with 0.96 ct. black diamond (HPHT) and 0.09 ct. diamonds, $2,000; K. Mita
Sorellina Pietra pink topaz stud earrings
Pietra stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with pink topaz, $890; Sorellina

So it is that lovely jewelry decorated with kite-shape stones and patterns of all sorts is particularly eye-catching at the moment. Whether it be a gem that is truly cut into the silhouette of a kite—wider at the top, narrowing at the bottom, a four-point treasure gleaming with light—or more the general shape, say, a square-cut gem set on its corners or an elaborate design mimicking the object’s figure—this diamond-like style is arresting in myriad categories.

Io Collective Bridgette Paraiba earrings
One-of-a-kind Bridgette earrings in 18k yellow gold with 14.5 cts. t.w. sapphires and 11.9 cts. t.w. Paraiba tourmalines, $16,280; IO Collective
Harwell Godfrey Amina shield ring
Amina inlay shield ring in 18k yellow gold with mother-of-pearl and 0.46 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,750; Harwell Godfrey
Shy Creation kite earrings
Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, price on request; Shy Creation
Page Sargisson turquoise small Kite earrings
Small Kite earrings in 14k yellow gold with turquoise, $240; Page Sargisson

In an engagement ring, it feels fresh—I can picture a delicate half-carat stone, maximum sparkle, on a thin platinum band. In a pair of stud earrings, it plays well with other styles (Page Sargisson’s Kite earrings are delightfully mix-and-match-able). In a pendant, it has the look of a guiding star. And if you’re fortunate to get your hands on jewelry that takes its kite inspiration literally, what a beautifully whimsical find that shall be. As a pair of shoulder-dusting earrings or long, lavalier-style pendant, the kite, a childhood staple stirring nostalgia for the days of carefree fun, gets its proper, polished due.

Top: Isosceles stud earrings in 18k white gold with diamonds, $1,300; Karma El Khalil

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