Book Club Selection:
Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Moonstone Peony Danglies
If you haven’t read this book yet, put it on your list and you will not regret it. Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, follows the life of a young Chinese girl named Lily, who writes secret messages on a fan to a girl named Snow Flower. Their lives begin to intertwine and you get not only a window into 19th century China and the daily lives and rituals of the people who live there, but you also see a timeless story of best friends, soul mates, and the kaleidoscope of intense feelings that come with a life long friendship: Love, bitterness, jealousy, trust, happiness, passion, betrayal, forgiveness.
Moonstone Peony Danglies were a result of many different concepts that have been floating around in my brain. In the book, Snow Flower always wears “a beautiful sky-blue silk embroidered with a cloud pattern.” Lily’s sister, whose name is Beautiful Moon, plays another key role in the translation of this story to wire and beads. Finally, the combination of Moonstone Chips and luminescent Blue Topaz looks strikingly like a Moonstone Peony Flower against a bright blue sky.
On a side note, Lisa See also wrote a book called Peony in Love, which I have yet to finish, but may ultimately inspire another pair of peony earrings. If you’ve read either book, I’d love to hear your thoughts.