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Satiny Urushi | Pistachio Green Pierced Earrings

Satiny Urushi | Pistachio Green Pierced Earrings

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Design With Green - Japanese Urushi

The green of Urushi jewelry designer Rie Sakamoto's hometown; a lacquer-craft region since 1590

Aizu Fukushima Japan Summer Greenery ViewIf you think of Japan you may think Tokyo. But Japan is more GREEN than city scene. Over 67% is covered in lush, rambling green.  Add to that the rice fields, tea plantations, dense fuzzy mosses, bamboo and cedar trees, and GREEN surely seems synonymous with Japan! It is not surprising, then, that green often works its way into crafts and designs in Japan like these Pistachio Green Pierced Earrings made with traditional, satiny Urushi.

Designer Rie Sakamoto Standing against Abstract Pistachio Green Backdrop

How the Green gets it's Urushi Sheen

Contemporary Japanese Urushi jewelry designer, Rie Sakamoto (pictured here), of Urushi Sakamoto studio, presents Pistachio Green Pierced Earrings.  These satiny, delicate pearl-drop earrings are fashioned out of Magnolia Wood which makes them exceedingly lightweight and comfortable to wear. To achieve Urushi's signature satiny glow on Pistachio Green earrings, craft artists meticulously apply, and thoroughly dry, fifteen layers of refined Urushi sap starting with layers of jet-black sap and layers of pistachio green pigmented Urushi. Silver-leaf overlay is applied by craft artists using specialize tool with the upmost care and precision during the drying process. This adds further depth of color, design and shine to the final crafted product. To preserve and protect this sheen, the earrings are then sealed twice with urethane resin. Makes for an amazing gift or authentic souvenir of Japan for yourself or someone special.

Japanese Traditional Urushi - What is it?

Urushi lacquer is a versatile, all natural sap from the Urushi tree - a tree native to Asia.  This amazing, lustrous sap has been part of Japanese history and culture for over 7000 years dating back to the prehistoric Jomon period! You can read more about that HERE.  Though the story of Urushi with practical applications long ago - Urushi is a great adhesive and extremely durable when hardened - its longevity may also be due to its amazing aesthetic - a beautiful and alluring, high luster and a soft, luxurious glow.  It is perhaps these characteristics that have long inspired creativity beyond practical uses and put Urushi on par with other jewelry material such as gold, silver and gem stones.  A traditional craft, Urushi jewelry now also rightfully takes it place in contemporary fashion and design.

Product Details | Care 

  • Color:  Pistachio Green
  • Approximate length|width: 2.8cm x 1cm  | Pearl-Drop shaped.
  • Material:  Magnolia Wood 
  • Weight: (1 earring): 0.8g
  • Surface: Authentic, Natural, Urushi Lacquer | Sealed with Urethane Resin
  • Hardware: titanium, rhodium-plated, or gold-colored brass
  • Care: Wipe with a soft, dry cloth
  • Jewelry | Gift Box: The designer earrings come in a lovely jewelry case and gift box.  
  • Please Note:  Due to the nature of the high-end-craft-making processes, individual products may vary slightly in color (from our website photos and one from another) and other product qualities.

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Matcha Green Silk Stole From Japan With Natural Pure Plant Dye on Model

If you're looking for a match with these earrings try Matcha Green!  Like Urushi, textile dyeing has a long, traditional history in Japan dating back at least 2000 years.  This natural Matcha-Green Silk Scarf/Stole by Maito Design Works studio is 100% all natural plant dye on 100% "whisper" silk.   You can view this, other natural-dye stoles and read more about it  HERE.

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