02 November 2016

10 Japanese-inspired jewelry pieces

The Meiji era (1868-1912) marked the end of isolation and the opening up of Japan to the West, which in turn discovered this largely unknown country. Since that time, Western jewelers seeking new inspiration have continued to interpret this country’s emblematic designs and imagery, like the orchid, origami, Mount Fuji or Noh Theater masks.

  • Garaude - Earrings inspired by Hokusai's "The Wave", made of titanium and diamonds

  • Lydia Courteille - Buddha head made of carved red coral, surrounded by enamel

  • Maison Auclert - Bracelet set with a pair of 17th century menuki (Japanese sword ornaments)

  • Tiara realized by Mikimoto, the inventor of cultured pearls and Hello Kitty brand

  • René Lalique loves the orchid, a Japanese flower, made of carved ivory - ca 1903-1904

  • Silvia Furmanovich - Bracelets with netsuke made of carved bone

  • Sylvie Corbelin - In the middle of the cuff, a cameo made of ivory, depicting a Noh Theater mask

  • Van Cleef and Arpels - Clip depicting a Japanese garden

  • Vhernier - Cuff made of folded pink gold, like origami

  • Bulgari - "Fuji-Yama" brooch made of gold, platinum and multicolor enamel - 1971

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