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Ginkgo Leaf + Ming Pearl


Elegant drop earrings - my signature ear wires with a lustrous Ming Pearl and a finely engraved Ginkgo leaf

Originally the design on these Ginkgo leaves, was engraved by master engraver George Lukes. George was regarded as one of the finest engravers of his generation and I had the honour of meeting and working with him on several of my designs in the 80's and 90's.

In Japanese decorative art, the ginkgo's distinctive fan-shaped leaf has carried symbolism along with its singular beauty: the ginkgo has been a symbol of longevity (the tree can live for a thousand years) and of a more profound endurance (four ginkgo trees survived the blast at Hiroshima and are still growing today).

Considered a living fossil, the ginkgo biloba, also known as the maidenhair tree, has no known living relatives and has endured for millions of years with little . In fact, ginkgo is the oldest surviving species of tree known to exist, with a botanical history spanning more than 200 million years. This demonstration of resilience, combined with its antiquity, has granted the tree many symbolic meanings throughout the world. It has become a symbol of strength, hope and peace for many.

Leaf 23mm  x  25mm

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