Shoko Leaf Stud Earrings
18k Yellow Gold / 13mm x 13mm
The Shoko Leaf participates in a narrative of design ideas that spans years of experimentation, but it also has a story of its own: a meeting of artistry with serendipity. Shoko was one of Tony's last students, and she stayed briefly with his family some years ago. During their time together, they made a live cast of Shoko's face. Then, noticing a big, lettuce-like leaf he had collected from a native plant, he realized the cast and the leaf fit together perfectly. Working on the prototype in intaglio—a classical technique for the modeling of details—he made it appear as though the face emerges naturally from the structure of the leaf.