Tag: handmade jewelry

Seed chic: jewels from the garden

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Botanical jewelry in the design gallery of the Philadelphia Flower Show, largest in the world, turns chickpeas into pearls and leaves to precious metal. Flower show jewels are judged not just on creativity but on how closely they replicate the real thing.

December birthstone: Turquoise

Cerrillos turquoise necklace from 1940s by Zuni jeweler Leekya Deyuse (Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM)

December babies have as their birthstone a talisman imbued by ancient cultures with all the powers of sea and sky – two potent forces when you live off the land. Turquoise jewelry is as fashionable today as it was 7,000 years ago but the natural, untreated variety is getting harder to spot.