Kiki Earrings

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These earrings feature two collectible pieces of hand-pressed Japanese glass made to imitate Czech glass flower stones. We’ve named them Kiku, the Japanese word for chrysanthemum.

Before WWII, most Japanese glassmakers were rice farmers whose glassmaking was a hobby. 

However, during the American occupation of Japan after the war, glass cabochon commissions from American jewelry makers created new economic opportunities. So many of these rice farming glass artists set up lampwork workshops in their homes and spent the wee hours of the night producing glass beads and buttons for export.

American agents provided samples of the molded Czechoslovakian flower cabochons, and the Japanese artisans quickly learned to produce similar glass cabochons like those featured in these earrings. 

In this piece:

  • Pressed glass flower stones made in Japan, circa 1945-1951
  • Brass filigree stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies
  • Antiqued brass chain
  • Nickel-free & lead-free brass euro wire closures
  • Hangs 1 3/4”

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