Or should I say, Spring hopes eternally? Whichever it is, I’m feeling hopeful about all sorts of things today. It’s May Day, which is supposed to signal the high point of Spring (but usually sounds somewhat alarming to me, like some sort of emergency: May Day! May Day! All hands on deck!), and the flora and fauna outside seem to be especially frenetic in their nest-building and bursting into bloom. The songbirds are in a contest to see who can rob me of the most sleep in the wee hours of the morning, and all sorts of seeds we optimistically sowed last fall are cropping up. Just as I was despairing that it had all been in vain and we’d have nothing to show for our efforts, dozens of red Spanish poppies are dotting the meadow with bright pops of color. How could you not feel cheerful on a day like this one?
The month of May is traditionally full of color, and this one promises to be especially so. May’s birthstone is emerald, which is also the Pantone color of the year, and I’ve been super busy sourcing gorgeous green stones for clients. This oval emerald is set in gold with a secondary bezel of chocolate-brown shakudo with vintage diamond accents on the shoulders. The orchard bark texture creates a more organic feel for a timeless design.
Since green is my favorite color (and it’s what my name means in Japanese) I have been having a blast working with not only emeralds but other amazing stones in all different shades of green: green sapphires, green amethyst (prasiolite) and demantoid garnets. After all, Green is what this company is all about in the first place!