Spring is here and with it comes all of the delicate budding trees in the Washington, DC area. The DC and surrounding suburbs are most famous for our Sakura, or cherry blossoms, but don't forget their cousin — the Ume, or plum blossoms. I was very surprised to learn that although the Ume means "plum" they are actually apricots! Similarly to Sakura, the Ume is a symbol of perseverance, hope and thriving in adverse circumstances. Additionally, the Ume is a talisman for protection. To honor this herald of spring I have designed my Ume collection. My wish for any who wear my jewelry is that it becomes an anchor — a talisman — to remind one of what is important to them, with this collection I hope that it will be a talisman of optimism.
I created these earrings by first making the bronze Ume components and then using oxidized sterling silver wire to wrap druzy freshwater pearls (also known as "rosebud" pearls) and finishing with sterling silver earwires.
Pearls are the birthstone for June and are symbolic of wisdom and serenity and safety, a perfect partner to the symbolism of the Ume.