Going on nature walks, I often find myself compelled to store away any treasures I’ve discovered along the way. Perhaps this stems from childhood, when I would gather interesting items from nature to use in crafts. For many of us, the desire to keep nature’s mementos close at hand is strong; they not only serve as reminders of its beauty but also of the feelings we experienced when we first noticed them.
Historical jewellery forms like memento mori, étuits (for chatelaines), lockets and perfume rings were designed to store utilitarian or meaningful objects close to the body. I draw inspiration from such pieces to create jewellery that connects us to nature. The point of interest, whether it be an unusual stone, the twist of a branch, a flower petal or a feather is not only visually present in the design but is also often contained within the piece itself.