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The Allure of the Far East: Asian-Inspired Jewelry Designs

Asian design is an important influence on this season’s fashions. Tassels, orbs, and delicate blossoms are among the design elements inspired by the Far East and interpreted in jewelry.  

The February 2013 issue of Marie Claire reports that “Far Eastern motifs from cherry blossom prints to carved wedges suggest a new take on traditional kimono dressing.” The magazine features a Japanese hardwood pendant in red lacquer from Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.; a cherry blossom motif cuff bracelet from Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie; and a detailed figural brooch from Van Cleef & Arpels.

The above look from the February issue of Marie Claire layers a Chanel dress over a jacket from The Row, accessorized with a white flower ring from Chanel Fine Jewelry, and socks and shoes from Prada. 

Also featured in the February 2013 issue of Marie Claire are these examples of the new Asian-themed designs with the comment: “Sayonara, Harajuku: The new Japonisme is marked by clean lines and an imperial palette.” Pictured are a necklace from Marni, Joomi Lim earrings, and an Ann Taylor cuff. Notice the orbs and half-globe design elements.

A black stone ring from Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. accents a white Fendi shirt styled with Japanese flair by adding a white belt from Jen Kao and a pink sash from Kimono House NY in this photo from the February issue of Marie Claire.  

The February 2013 issue of More devotes a multi-page spread to Asian-inspired designs. Pictured above are a gold and diamond dragon bracelet form John Hardy; gold and diamond bracelets from Ward Kelvin and Harry Winston; and earrings of green agate and diamonds from Coomi.

The February 20213 issue of More also highlights an aquamarine, diamond, and black-rhodium necklace from Deville Fine Jewelry.

Some of the floral designs popular this season are inspired by Asian motifs. “Flower Power” is the heading for an article extolling a floral-bedecked necklace from the Spring 2013 collection of Miuccia Prada in the December 2012–January 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The magazine notes that Prada took her inspiration from “the mystique of geishas and Japanese florals,” adding: “She elaborated on the theme with an eye-catching ramage motif—the metal-alloy branches encircling each link—to add a dimension of movement. Black and white serve as the yin and yang of the graphic-sweet piece.” 

The February 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar focuses on Asian-inspired looks in a feature on the season’s floral designs. Pictured above is a dress and necklace by Gucci.

Miuccia Prada is one of the designs at the forefront of the trend. Here is a Prada ad from the February 2013 issue of Elle magazine featuring an Asian-inspired print dress, socks, and shoes worn with a bracelet of delicate blossoms.

The March 2013 issue of Allure spotlights the “sharp slants and crisp angles” representing “a tribute to Japanese minimalism and its linear elements.” Pictured are earrings from Alexis Bittar. The editorial makes this suggestion related to kimono-inspired pieces: “Paired with high heels and a few clangy gold bracelets, these looks form a straight path to sophisticated style.”

In a feature titled “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the March 2013 issue of Vogue devotes more than 18 pages of photos and text to Asian-inspired design. In the way of jewelry, the entire spread features only knotted leather cuff bracelets from Céline in hues of black or light blue and, incidentally, in another photo not shown here, a pair of the Prada blossom-bedecked earrings. Above, model Carolyn Murphy wears a Burberry Prorsum silk-satin opera coat over a Jonathan Saunders silk skirt with Prada footwear and the black cuffs by Céline.