New York City. Jan. 22, 2020. Mizuki Goltz’s Kanzashi Stick earrings were the highlight of a press preview I attended in the fall of 2019. As the name suggests, Kanzashi Stick earrings are a nod to the kanzashi stick hair ornaments worn by Japanese women for centuries.
For the hair, myriad styles exist. The most prominent are sturdy and tall, with long slender rods that burst forth from buns and updos and boast ornaments that dance like lures for admiring eyes.
In Goltz’s collection, smaller versions for the ears have the same recognizable drama but in miniature form. Pearls and gemstones anchor either end of long, slim gold posts, with fancy stone cuts and fantastical pearl shapes in a permanent seesaw position through the earring hole. The effect is arresting, almost tribal, and definitely a winning look. Why? It’s hard to keep reinventing the earring, but this caricaturized front-to-back style is compelling in appearance while simple enough to actually put on.
Twenty-four versions are evident online, with retail prices starting under $500.
Single Kanzashi Pearl Drop earring in 18k yellow gold with freshwater pearls, $445; available online at Mizuki
Mismatched Kanzashi Stick earring and stud in 18k white gold with white freshwater baroque pearls with 1 ct. t.w. baguette-cut diamonds, $13,900; available online at Mizuki
Kanzashi Stick earrings in 18k white gold with Tahitian pearls and 2.46 cts. t.w. baguette-cut diamonds, $28,000; available online at Mizuki
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