The Pick of the Crop: Fresh Vegetable, Fruit, and Nut Jewelry

While the drought of 2012 is likely to have a sustained effect on the food produced in this country for some time to come, a crop of hardier materials is thriving on the fashion scene in the form of delicious jewelry designs.  

The August 2012 issue of Elle profiles Fendi scion Delfina Delettrez. Featured jewelry consists of a golden bracelet resembling a string of walnut shells, and earrings created from a pair of citrus slices encased in resin.

The June–July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar similarly was taken with the Delettrez fruit-and-nut-based collection with the genuine citrus rinds. Pictured is a Kenzo Bijoux by Delfina Delettrez ring and the earrings also seen in Elle.

Yet another piece from Kenzo Bijoux appears in the July 2012 issue of Marie Claire, this one a necklace with hanging nut charms. Also pictured on the page are Deco-style earrings from Gripoix by Catherine Baba.

Not all the current produce-related designs emanate from Delettrez. The August 2012 issue of Town & Country commends the year’s harvest of jewels, including an artichoke brooch from Hemmerle, a strawberry pin from Oscar Heyman, and a pair of amethyst and diamond grape design earrings from Martin Katz.

Some of the current produce-related designs are more abstract. A current ad for palladium jewelry features actress Rose McGowan wearing a pair of palladium and diamond cluster-grape earrings by Michele Mercaldo to be given away in a sweepstakes ending Sept. 10.

These delicious motifs are perennial favorites. There’s bound to be a fruit, nut, or vegetable design to everyone’s taste.