· Ume is a species of Asian plum in the family Rosaceae. Ume is a common fruit in Asia and used in traditional Chinese medicine. The buds and blossoms are also seen as a symbol of winter and a harbinger of spring. Growing and blooming most vibrantly amidst the winter snow, they have come to symbolize not only perseverance and hope but also beauty, purity, and the transitoriness of life. Michael Michaud's Ume jewelry features hand patinaed bronze with freshwater pearls.
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