When Gemfields, the renowned producer of ethically sourced rare colored gemstones, asked Mira Gulati to create a piece of jewelry inspired by the notion of blossoming—for an auction that raises funds for quality education for 2,000 young girls—she immediately thought of cherry blossoms. The delicate, short-lived flowers “bring hope and dreams of greater things to come,” says New Delhi–based Gulati, one of 10 fine jewelry designers from India invited to participate in Gemfields’ Project Blossoming initiative. The pale pink flowers “resonate with the innocence and charm of little girls,” says Gulati, the founder of the Mirari atelier. “Little girls bring smiles to all, just as a blooming flower does. And the flower eventually turns into fruit—nature’s way of giving. Our contribution comes with a similar idea: watching a girl go through a significant stage in life.”
The 18k pink gold earrings (each just 6 cm long!) feature 2.65 cts. t.w. diamonds and 33.17 cts. t.w. Mozambique rubies, pink and orange sapphires, and Zambian emeralds. Each diamond-bordered flower is inlaid with orange and pink sapphires and rubies. At the center of each is a hexagon-shape Mozambican ruby, surrounded by fancy-cut diamonds. The plump cherries are studded in rubies, and the twigs inlaid with Zambian emeralds.
The earrings, says Gulati, “embody the Mirari essence: contemporary, classic, and with great attention to detail.” The designer says she’s perennially inspired by nature, history, and royalty “for their classic trends, beauty, and mysterious personas. You will see a lot of Mughal inspiration in my collection.”
Gulati expanded on her delectable motif in a matching necklace, also for Gemfields, which boasts a double strand of ruby-wrapped cherries with bigger, more intricate blossoms and foliage. “Creating the parure was a labor of love,” she says. “Several artisans contributed…and it is entirely handcrafted.”