Margot McKinney’s Wild Orchid Earrings

At first glance, the cool-purple sapphires at the center of these orchid earrings might seem a curious match for the warm-pink rhodolites anchoring the (detachable) pendant drops. But it’s this unexpected union of hues—which reconciles completely in the petals’ mix of violet-toned gems—that makes these Margot McKinney danglers so dynamic. The Australian designer has a knack for surprising color combinations, which she chalks up to instinct. “Sometimes I can put two gems together straight away, and other times I can have a pair of gems in the vault for years,” she says. “And then suddenly—as if the universe were awaiting it—a pair will just come together. That’s what happened here, and it made for a very happy marriage.”  Petal Power “I like my jewelry to be textural and tactile,” says McKinney. “The fold-over of the petals is what makes it work.”

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