The Christmas rush is through…record scratch. No, it’s not. Not for most people in the jewelry industry. Assuming you have miles to go before you can kick back with a glass of eggnog, please take a moment to rejoice in the loveliness of this collection by Mikimoto.
Titled Jeux de Rubans, it’s technically a spring 2022 launch, but its cascading ribbons and lush bows feel just right for this precise moment, when you and your staff are probably drowning in gift wrap accoutrements.
Some of the bow concepts have retro vibes, plump and perfectly looped. Others are artfully tousled—like satin rosettes on a Victorian ball gown hastily shed after a night of dancing—and heaped with diamonds to light the ribbon’s softly bending curves.
Look, I don’t want to bring up the “o” word, which is dampening—and full-on derailing—so many of our holiday plans, especially in New York City, where our colleagues have been through so much pandemic pandemonium already.
So I will just say that I am reminded of a phrase from the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol, in which Mrs. Cratchit is wearing last season’s dress but is “brave in ribbons.”
Which is to say she was scrappy and resourceful and made the best of her situation—updating her “twice-turned” dress in some new trim—to create something lovely out of a miserable state of affairs (thanks, Mr. Scrooge).
With this metaphor in mind, my Christmas wish to anyone reading this is that we all be “brave in ribbons” as best we can in the days ahead. When there are pearls and diamonds, the luster of midday might be closer than we think.
Top: Jeux de Rubans earrings in 18k white gold with diamonds and 7.75 mm akoya pearls, $9,190
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