Special collections

Blooming collection

I love nature – its beauty inspires all my collections. And I find each flower or leaf – the shapes, colors and combinations – a real art. That is why I’ve always preferred to see them in their natural environment – than cut in a vase at home, where they stay fresh just a few days… On my travels to exotic places I have taken thousands floral photos – to conserve them at least digital in my notebook or printed on paper… Till the day when I found the possibility to keep them looking forever “fresh”! :)

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Tahitian black pearls

Tahitian black pearls from the black-lipped oyster are highly prized for their beauty and rarity.

Pearls as such are organic in origin. A pearl – is made when a bivalve creature – such as an oyster or clam – builds up a protective layer of nacre around a piece of grit or a foreign body as a defence against that which has found its way into the shell. The nacre builds up in layers and the refraction of light through these layers is what gives lustre to the pearl. The colour is determined by the natural colour of the nacre in the mollusc, but pearls are often dyed many colours.

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Natural shells

In my collections I am using natural shells - and mostly the Nautilus and Paua shells.

Nautilus shells were popular items in the Renaissance cabinet of curiosities and were often mounted by goldsmiths on a thin stem to make extravagant nautilus shell cups, like the Burghley Nef, mainly intended as decorations rather than for use. Small natural history collections were common in mid-19th century Victorian homes, and chambered nautilus shells were popular decorations.

Paua shell is the Maori name given to three species of large edible sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs which belong to the family Haliotidae, known in the United States and Australia as abalone and in the United Kingdom as ormer shells. It is an icone in New Zealand and to Maori it is recognised as “taonga” - treasure.

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Zulugrass from Kenya

Zulugrass – this unique jewellery is handcrafted by the Maasai women of Kenya. Natural grass beads are dyed rich hues and then combined with Czech glass beads to create over 80 stunning colour combinations.

Designed by Philip and Katy Leakey, Zulugrass jewellery evolved from a desire to provide economic opportunity for their neighbours, the pastoral Maasai.

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