BY KAREN AANONSEN
The Carissa plant’s delicate blooms thrive in warm, sunny climates — and, now, on Graff jewelry. The label’s new, exquisite Carissa collection is lush with emerald, diamond, ruby, and sapphire replicas of its namesake flower, their willowy petals formed from pear-shaped and marquise-cut stones. Hand-set, the five-pronged blossoms astound on a range of necklace, earring, and bracelet designs. This is not the first time Graff has turned to nature for inspiration. Since its founding in 1960, the brand has expertly incorporated everything from clouds to butterflies to lotus flowers into its beautiful baubles.