Temple of Heaven Tahitian Pearl Yellow Gold Earrings
£2,950
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Temple of Heaven 9ct yellow gold earrings with tahitian pearls. The Emperor of China was regarded as the son of Heaven, responsible to the celestial power for success or failure of his government. The Ming Dynasty built the Temple of Heaven in about 1420, and it was the detail of circles and squares that decorate the roof edge of the temple that inspired these earrings. From the Journey to China.

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Temple of Heaven

"Of all Peking's enchanting sights, the beauty of the Altar of Heaven is the hardest to describe. It's sublime austerity is mocked by words. It is what it is - the most fitting architectural expression of man's highest aspirations in the world" - John Blofeld: City of Lingering Splendour, 1961

'I have always found this quote the best description of the magical building that is The Temple of Heaven. The geometric patterns on the ends of the roof tiles led me to sketch out the idea of the Temple of Heaven earrings. It was important that each section should move, so the little links needed to be strong, yet discreet.

It takes a brave jewellery designer not to fill every part of a design with stone or gold. To leave 'air space', as we call it in the workshop, is when a design is good enough, bold enough, strong enough, that you can start to take away the gold and leave space. In this design: space is the luxury.

Pearl

Pearls are among the earliest of gem materials used for personal adornment. Enraptured by their luminescent shades, the Ancient Greeks once believed they were tears of joy from Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.

The only gemstone to be produced by a living organism, this gem epitomises incredibly rare and unique wonders in nature, as a symbol of purity and modesty. It also denotes love, success and happiness, so is often presented as a wedding gift, as well as being the birthstone for June.

Quite different from other polished gemstones, their unique 'orient' is a result of subtle iridescence and a surface reflection of light. They are commonly white, golden, grey, brown and black in colour; with various iridescent tints including pink, green, blue and lilac, and are either produced naturally or artificially, in marine saltwater or freshwater.

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