From Mine to Store: Wendy Yue’s Brush With Nature

The telltale sign of a Wendy Yue cocktail ring? The fabulously rendered, almost-overwhelming presence of flora or fauna. Yue’s pieces always seem on the verge of coming to life: Green garnet stems curl down from a cherry blossom; a pink sapphire scorpion crawls across a coral rose; blooms, branches, and vines tangle together in a gem-filled garden. In this frog ring, which retails for $12,500, Yue again features a creature. The pearl, however, is new territory for the Hong Kong–based designer, who’s perhaps best known for her creative use of carved stones such as coral, jade, and agate. “It’s a gem that we should bring back in fashion,” she says. “There are so many different forms of this gem—the possibilities are limitless. It’s nothing like your grandmother’s pearls!” Amphibian InspirationYue has featured frogs in previous pieces: “Much like the butterfly, the f

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