– By Jenny Thai –
There is inspiration everywhere to be found in nature. Not only for our designs, but also for all the materials we are using. As we always love to find new organic and raw materials that we can incorporate into our jewellery, our sweet Julia is currently in the Himalayas, seeking for new inspiration and some unique and raw materials. Nonetheless, one of our all-time favourite organic material is and shall remain wood.
Did you know that wood carries a whole little circle of life in it? It is made up of a combination of living, dying and dead cells. To us, it is such a beautiful and versatile material to work with. As an organic material, it is biodegradable, meaning it can be broken down without causing any pollution. Also, have you ever spotted those circular and darker little spots on wood? These are called knots and are actually considered as imperfections. Knots can appear on a tree’s trunk whenever dead branches drop off a healthy tree. Although knots are an indicator that the wood is not as strong, it is a perfect example of how imperfections can be absolutely beautiful and unique.
Wood and Jewellery
Wood has been in the jewellery world for thousands of years. From being used in combination with other materials to create necklaces and earrings to using it on its own for bangles and rings – there are endless possibilities. Technically, every wood can be used to make jewellery, so most often the choice depends on the desired look. However, the denser the wood, the harder it is to cut, sand and finish. In the jewellery world, wood can easily be incorporated as a main pendant or even just through little beads.
Wood in Love & Serenity
Our newest collection holds three different types of certified wood: sandalwood from North India and two tropical kinds of wood from Indonesia; a lighter one called sawo wood and a darker one called sono wood.
Sandalwood is such an impressive wood, with uses and benefits that range from aromatherapy to utilising them as prayer beads (malas) to even building temples in ancient times. We receive our beloved sandalwood beads directly from the Himalayas and utilise them for our earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
Sawo wood comes from the sapodilla tree and has a beautiful light brown shade, often mixed with a subtle reddish tint and dark brown streaks. Due to its impressive density, many carved designs can be realised with it, such as our light wooden bangles.
Finally, sono wood is also known as black rosewood. The wood itself is very smooth and has a gorgeous dark chocolate colour with little hints of lighter and darker streaks. Similar to sawo wood, it has a higher density and can, therefore, be shaped and carved into the most beautiful designs, such as our raindrops and our dark bangles.
Are you interested in seeing how we incorporate more wood in our atelier life? And what other natural materials we love to use? Stay tuned to read about our organic interior in our studio. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be notified as soon as it’s out! Do you have a favourite type of wood? We would love to hear from you!