Many of us might have found great pleasure during childhood roaming around outdoors, exploring and collecting small treasures from nature: leaves, rocks, feathers and shells. Of course, with the passage of time, many of these treasures eventually decay. But it doesn't have to be so: Oregonian Sarah Smith seems to have taken this pastime to artistic heights with her beautifully crafted resin jewelry, which preserve these little reminders of nature as perpetual marvels.
Smith, who handcrafts each piece from start to finish, collects her specimens from the Pacific Northwest coast. She's pretty experimental in what she uses: there are the usual leaves and flowers, as well as other more surprising subjects like birch bark, local sand, moss, mini-mushrooms and even peacock feathers (obviously not native to Oregon, but these are pretty).
Smith creates a variety of wearable items, from bracelets to earrings to pendants to rings. Each one is hand-poured and can take up to three weeks to cure, so Smith notes that "because each piece is made by hand and not a machine, tiny bubbles, bumps and slight imperfections are part of the unique characteristics of the jewelry."
Nature is full of beauty everywhere, and these unique, carefully made gems elevate what seems to be 'ordinary' to a level of preciousness and wonder that we might not only find in jewelry, but in the everyday appreciation of nature. More over at Modern Flower Child and Etsy.
[Via: My Modern Met]