Ginkgo + Pink Coral + Pearl
Originally the Ginkgo design on these stud earrings 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.
Ginkgo biloba, known as ginkgo, also spelled gingko, or as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years.
I designed this piece for RBG Kew in 1999 as part of a larger range that sold at Kew Garden for many years.
Hanging below is a beautiful pink carved bead of coral paste in resin, topped with a delicate natural pink pearl button bead.
Leaf - 16 x 15mm
Coral bead - 22 x 14 mm