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Sakura Earrings

Wire Wrapped
2010
$40

The bird is 1 and 1/8" wide and the earring length is 1 and 7/8" long.

Sakura is the Japanese name for cherry blossoms. These hand formed sterling silver earrings feature two shades of Coral atop a hand carved, Southwest, black Fetish bead. They hang from sterling silver ear wires. I love these simple little earrings. The horizontal lines of the Coral and birds body have a distinctly Asian feel. The deep orange of the Coral is an appealing compliment to the black bird.

Each year, cherry trees, the symbol of springtime in Japan, burst into a riotous blaze of floral glory. The peak cherry-viewing season, however, is extremely short -- from late March through early April -- and the exquisite blossoms scatter without trace in little over a week. Despite, or perhaps because of, the fleeting nature of the spectacle, cherry blossoms have occupied a special place in the hearts of the Japanese since earliest times.

Cherry blossoms are seen as an ideal model for life and death, emblematic of both the glorious and ephemeral natures of human existence, dazzling during a short life before falling gracefully to the ground. For this reason, they have provided inspiration for poets, painters, artisans and many others over the centuries. Identifying in nature a sublime spirituality transcending external beauty, and elevating that spirituality to an art form lies at the core of Japanese culture. For over a millennium, the city of Kyoto has made this aesthetic sensibility its own.

http://www.amazon.com/Cherry-Blossoms-Kyoto-Seasonal-Portfolio/dp/4770030940