The Lemongrass Breeze earrings in 18k yellow gold from Laurie Kaiser of the eponymous jewelry design firm are inspired by the elegance of long blades of lemongrass blowing softly in a breeze. Needle-thin fronds or tree-like textures and veining—her signature style—are etched into the surface.
“I am passionate about revealing the nuances in nature,” says Kaiser. “Nature is not about symmetry or perfection.”
The earrings have negative space, making them large and light, and oversize rainbow moonstone cabochons—a perpetual source of inspiration for the Brentwood, Tenn.–based designer—mixed with amorphously shaped brown rose-cut diamonds give a decidedly neutral coloration. “I like a piece that’s wearable,” she adds. “And for a statement piece—they are nearly three inches in length—I don’t think it’s a bad idea to make a look that goes with a lot of outfits.”
After she designed the style, master goldsmiths in India brought the pair to life; from sketches to final production, the earrings took three months to make. She showed them to merchants for the first time at JCK Las Vegas, and they were easily one of the most viewed pieces during the show. Still, they are for sale for $18,000 retail, and are currently en route to New York City. See them in Fragments this Friday.
Lemongrass Breeze earrings in 18k gold have 6.40 cts. t.w. brown rose-cut diamonds, 0.725 ct. t.w. colorless brilliant-cut diamonds, and 15 cts. t.w. rainbow moonstone; $18,000