Known as 點翠 or 点翠 to the Chinese, Tian-Tsui translates to "dotting with kingfishers". Its a traditional practice in which tiny kingfisher feathers were cut to size and incorporated into sterling silver and silver gilt jewelry to create a dazzling fluorescent blue finish. The technique was mostly lost with the Chinese cultural revolution in the 1940's.
The revival earrings here are vintage from the 1970's - they were designed by Laurel Burch and crafted by hand by old masters of the technique. These earrings were made using gold plated brass and kingfisher feathers, they measure about 1/2" tall.
Designed by Laurel Burch
Between 1974 and 1978, Laurel partnered with Shashi to produce her first commercial pieces, the Laurel Inc. line is a result of this collaboration.
These highly collectable vintage pieces representing a small window into the life and history of the late artist and catalog her exploration of novel themes and materials.
Inspired by History
Each unique design in our collection is an original work of art, influenced by a historical piece, artifact, or antique in a Museum or private collection.
Made by Hand
Every beautiful work we craft is hand-made by master artistans - shaped, detailed and embellished using the same age-old techniques as have goldsmiths and lapidaries through the ages.
Materials You Can Feel Good About
Recycled metals. Conflict free diamonds and natural gemstones sourced directly from the mines. We've taken great care to create a supply chain that we feel good about, so you can too.