ARY D’PO Ginkgo Leaf After Rain
The Ginkgo Leaf After Rain Collection is inspired both by the leaves of the ginkgo tree, and the significance of rain. The ginkgo, or maidenhair, tree is a famous native plant to China, and is a prominent player in East Asian and art nouveau period designs. The tree is one of the oldest species of plant, with some fossils dating back 270 million years and each tree living to be around 1000 – 2500 years old.
Due to its long life, the ginkgo symbolizes resilience, strength, and hope in many Asian cultures. One of the oldest depictions of the tree was found as a mural in a Chinese tomb in the 5th century, representing the end of a violent period in the country’s history.
Just as the ginkgo tree symbolizes strength and growth, rain is similarly associated with rebirth. In art and literature, rain is often associated with purity as it washes away the old, and allows for rejuvenation and cleansing.
Rain first gained depictions in Western art during the Victorian era, seen in the works of Renoir, Rousseau, JMW Turner, and many more. These artists used the rain to represent the industrial age: the fresh acknowledgment of unruliness and the washing away of what our community has come to.
The combination of the ginkgo leaf with the droplets of rain shows how with a strong foundation of strength and endurance, life can still be rejuvenated and alightened. These marvelous jewelry pieces function as refined and fashionable statement accessories, or as eye-catching day-to-day jewelry.