Flora, fruit and feathers
Nature has always been a tremendous source of inspiration to artists of all sorts and none more so than jewellery. Humans have, since time immemorial, adorned themselves using whatever was around them; leaves, shells, feathers, bones, stones etc. Nowadays these components of nature are still used in various forms or represented in hugely creative and symbolic ways.
In this blog I will illustrate some of the beautiful ways designers have interpreted the nature we see around ourselves every day, designers such as the highly acclaimed Bill Skinner, Collette Waudby and Chris Lewis amongst many others.
Leaves are all around us whether on trees or flowers and of course appear in many different shapes and sizes which is reflected in the diversity of design on offer.
Vintage Tiffany Double Leaf Brooch
Flowers & fruit provide the opportunity for the exotic and of course colour! The renowned designer Bill Skinner excels at hand carving and combines floral with the creatures of the garden; due to its exotic origins and rarity the pineapple became a symbol of prosperity and status and is still popular with designers today but the more commonplace is also represented.
Feather & Fern are similar in form while being infinitely variable and continually attract the attention of designers.
Right to left: Bill Skinner Scenes of Nature Statement
Necklace & Pendant; Cinderela B Pineapple Pendant;
Bill Skinner Mushroom studs & Apple studs;
Park Lane Floral Ring.
Vintage Christian Dior Fruit Earrings
We are all nature lovers
Through the centuries nature has inspired the designers, been loved by the wearers and will continue to do so. Whether it is the exotic, the elegant, the playful, the colourful, there is something for everyone’s taste, style and personality.