Object of the Week – Cherry Blossom Brooch
H: 46.7mm W: 33.9mm
Weight: 11.8 grams
This charming brooch, in the shape of cherry blossom, is fashioned from rock crystal, rose quartz, nephrite, brilliant cut diamonds and 14t gold. It is typical of the work of Austrian jeweller Paltscho, who became famous for carved lapidary jewellery, in particular high quality flower brooches such as this one.
For the Japanese, flowers and their meanings are interwoven in their way of life. Hanakotoba (花言葉) is the Japanese form of the language of flowers. The cherry blossom (桜), or Sakura, symbolises the brilliance, fragility and transience of life and every April the short but exuberant bloom of the cherry blossom is much celebrated.