Suddenly Everywhere: Acorns

I’ve spent a good part of the fall foraging for jewels that feature acorns, always delighted when one turns up at a trade show, a press preview, or the “forests” of the internet. With its smooth and prickly textures, an acorn naturally lends itself to sculptural metalwork, although Aaron Henry cleverly cast the nut as a Tahitian pearl; the masterful Joel Arthur Rosenthal (aka JAR) chose banded agate.

Acorns also have a deep-rooted symbolism, making acorn-themed jewelry a particularly thoughtful holiday gift. As an oak-tree-to-be, it stands for new beginnings, longevity, strength, and stability. An acorn can also be worn as a protective amulet (as Wendy did in Peter Pan) or a talisman to attract good luck.

Not surprisingly, a couple of squirrels nibbled their way into this edit but with so many tempting, gleaming, gemstone-scattered options, who could blame them?

Acorn & Squirrel Necklace in 18k yellow gold, $9,000; Wendy Brandes

Acorn Brooch in with gray Tahitian pearl with a diamond-accented 19.2k yellow gold cap and 18k green gold leaf, $4,260; Aaron Henry Designs

Acorn Earrings with black diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $4,900; Alex Soldier

Squirrel Brooch with pink tourmaline and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $17,000; Gumuchian

 Acorn Earrings in 18k yellow gold and sterling silver, $1,475; Mimi Favre

Acorn Pod Ring with black spinel in 14k recycled gold, $1,080; East Fourth Street

 Acorn and Oak Leaf Earrings with tsavorites and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $5,950 AUD ($4,540 USD); Reigne Jewellery

 Pre-Raphaelite Bracelet with diamond-accented acorn in 20k peach gold, price on request; Reinstein Ross

 Safety Pin Brooch with pearl and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, price on request; Lene Vibe

 Circa 1990s Oakleaf and Acorn Earrings in 18k yellow gold and agate, price on request; JAR (available at Robin Katz)

 Acorn Ornament in American walnut and sterling silver on a Tiffany Blue® ribbon, $145; Tiffany & Co.

 (Top: Image courtesy of @rkjewels_ )


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Amy Elliott

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