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Eastern Promises


As the world turns its focus to the gold and silver being won at the Summer Olympic Games in China this month, the fine jewelry industry already had its eye on Asia in gold, silver, and other precious materials. The influence of Asia and its wealth of cultures has been of growing importance in all fashion fields, but the spotlight on the Olympics is providing a new fashion fervor for all things Asian, from traditional dragons and foo dogs to bamboo, the widespread tree that is so closely associated with the continent. Some styles may be whimsical, but most aren’t too literal. They are interpreted into pieces that any Westerner would be happy to wear to work—or to the winner’s circle.


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From top: Thistle & Bee’s large sterling silver bamboo bangles, suggested retail $595 and $375, (212) 594-0418.
Andréa Candela’s 18k yellow gold, sterling silver, and diamond bamboo bangle, suggested retail $3,900, (888) 314-5998.
Old World Chain’s thin 18k yellow gold bamboo bangle, suggested retail $1,895, and sterling silver bamboo bangles, suggested retail $150 and $170, (800) 367-1858.

 

Cynthia Gregg’s diamond “urn your keep” 18k yellow gold earrings, suggested retail $6,250, (703) 312-1345.

18k yellow gold earrings

Cynthia Gregg’s diamond “urn your keep” 18k yellow gold earrings, suggested retail $6,250, (703) 312-1345.

aquamarine necklace with 22k yellow gold vintage pendant

Lena Skadegard at Fragments’ aquamarine necklace with 22k yellow gold vintage pendant, suggested retail $2,375, (212) 226-8878.

carved red aventurine and sterling silver pendant and a carved green aventurine and sterling silver pendant with iolite and topaz accents

Sara Blaine’s carved red aventurine and sterling silver pendant with prasiolite and prehnite accents, and carved green aventurine and sterling silver pendant with iolite and topaz accents, suggested retail $693 each, (770) 650-0999.
Center: Andréa Candela’s 18k gold, silver, and diamond dragon pendant, suggested retail $675, (888) 314-5998.

18k yellow gold and ster18k yellow gold and diamond cuffling silver dragon bracelet with ruby eyes and an

From left: Andréa Candela’s 18k yellow gold and sterling silver dragon bracelet with ruby eyes, suggested retail $1,450, (888) 314-5998.
Chad Allison’s 18k yellow gold and diamond cuff, suggested retail $20,405, and 18k white gold and diamond cuff, suggested retail $10,640, (212) 278-8669.


18k yellow gold and diamond bamboo ring with black onyx, 18k white gold and silver bamboo ring with pink pearl center and diamonds, and a


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From left: Cynthia Gregg’s 18k yellow gold and diamond bamboo ring with black onyx tips, suggested retail $2,300, (703) 312-1345.
Andréa Candela’s 18k white gold and silver bamboo ring with pink pearl center and diamonds, suggested retail $540, (888) 314-5998.
KC Designs’ 14k gold and diamond bamboo ring, suggested retail $2,520, (212) 921-9270. Old World Chain’s 18k gold bamboo hoop earrings, suggested retail $1,000, (800) 367-1858.

18k blackened gold earrings with diamonds and an 18k blackened gold dragon earrings with ruby eyes

From left: Manak Couture at Fragments’ 18k blackened gold earrings with diamonds, suggested retail $4,350, (212) 226-8878.
K. Brunini’s 18k blackened gold dragon earrings with ruby eyes, suggested retail $2,500, (858) 259-8779.

black diamond and sterling silver bamboo circle pendant and a carved crystal quartz pendant with black onyx frame and diamonds

From left: Thistle & Bee’s black diamond and sterling silver bamboo circle pendant, suggested retail $995, (212) 594-0418.
Overnight’s carved crystal quartz pendant with black onyx frame and diamonds, suggested retail $2,025,
and black onyx and diamond bamboo branch pendant, suggested retail $1,900, (718) 472-1212.