specimen jewelry

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{white bird’s nest fungus terrarium ring} 

when I first started making bird’s nest fungi rings a few years ago, this is the design I came up with. nowadays, my ring designs are much more intricate with minute details, but I still love the simplistic elements of this ring!  

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This little specimen bottle is stuffed full of heirloom marigold seeds that you can plant as you go on your daily adventures! These flowers are so easy to grow, and create strikingly large plants FULL of uniquely striped blooms! Plant one in someone’s yard, along the sidewalk in the city, in a friends garden, anywhere that needs a little color and life!… Where it came from will be a mystery, but you will know, and enjoy seeing the beauty you brought to life! You will also be helping pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies! I grew tons of these in my garden this year, and the pollinators LOVED them! Give someone the gift of a surprise plant! Please do not plant these seeds in the forest, preserve such places for the native wildflowers!

Note: Please do not plant these seeds in the forest! Preserve such places for native plants! Many forests contain very fragile environments, new plants should not be introduced, as it interferes with the life that depends on these wild locations.

Frolic in the Forest on Etsy!

Aquamarine is characterized by its sea blue color; the name of the gemstone is derived by a Latin expression, meaning ‘sea water’. Aquamarine belongs to the beryl mineral group, which also includes precious gems like diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald. Aquamarine is also one of the march birthstones.

adora--belle--dearheart  asked:

Would shipping you ginkgo leaves work? There are a lot of ginkgo trees near me, I could probably send you leaves if you have instructions for how you want them harvested and sent.

While I’ll happily accept a dried specimen for a single custom order or series of custom orders, I sort of have always felt a little uncomfortable accepting other peoples’ specimens for making jewelry to sell to other people. It means I don’t have as much creative control in the drying process (which is, honestly, probably the most creative part of the whole process), and it also makes me feel then uncomfortable saying that it’s totally handmade by me when, again, a major part of the creative process was done by another person.

I may make an exception one day for Ginkgo, specifically, though, since it seems like everyone but me has more Ginkgo than they know what to do with, haha.

Also I appreciate the offer profoundly, that’s extremely kind of you and it means a lot.