Outside my kitchen door there is a little ginko tree in a patio pot, given to me by an artist friend and each spring through fall, festooned with those unmistakable leaves. Not ready to commit to a permanent place for this dogged little specimen, I’ll leave it in the pot for now. Have ginko, will travel. But I digress and my evolving potted travel-ready forest is quite another story.
But time and again, this shape pops up and I am quite able to commit at the studio bench. I’ve done a few ginko shapes, this version is more abstract, a stylized version that’s barely ginko, more modern than the actual ancient shape nature has invented. Each shape is hand cut from sterling silver, refined and shaped, then attached to a hand made ear wire, formed to an elegant curve after it is joined to the narrow end of the triangular “leaf”. The completed earrings are then finished with a sanded texture for a brushed metal look. The earrings are 1 1/4″ from the top of the wire to the bottom of each earring. The bottom is slightly larger that 3/4″ wide. The ear wires gracefully curve to slightly below the base of the earring. You’ll find them to lightweight, easy to wear.
Native to China, the ginko tree is found in fossils dating back 270 million years, and is sometimes called a living fossil. The lore around many aspects of this exotic creature is vast and well deserved. The tiny treasure here is but one minor homage to an example of the myriad diversity of inspiration nature so generously provides, if only we look.