Shade Metals

Species Specific Botanical Jewelry

clover

Burclover (Medicago truncatula)

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NATIVE RANGE: Mediterranean region

DESCRIPTION: Low growing ground cover, yellow flowers with obovate trifoliate leaves.

JEWELRY: Intricate sculpture featuring three groups of leaves and a flower, cast in sterling silver.

Burclover, medicago truncatula ID 79144210 © Whiskybottle | Dreamstime.com

Burclover, medicago truncatula ID 79144210 © Whiskybottle | Dreamstime.com

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We were introduced to this species from a request for custom work. Our client’s daughter had been working on her PhD by sequencing its genome. It is a widespread type of clover used as agricultural feed in much of Europe and Africa, and it is studied by botanists because it is a model organism.

The parents wanted to surprise their daughter with a gift after she defended her thesis. We hadn’t seen the plant, it is native to the Mediterranean region, and the request was made in late fall so there was no way we were going to find the plant in bloom for several months. We worked closely with the family to find the right photos and approach to making it a unique, wearable piece of art. While we attempted a few carvings, the final version was a 3D printed model that provided both intricacy of design and lightweight, easy functionality.

Clover, White (Trifolium repens)

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NATIVE RANGE: Europe & Central Asia

DESCRIPTION: Low growing ground cover, leaves of three (rarely 4), white or cream flower head, sometimes tinged with pink.

JEWELRY: Mosaic rings featuring several 3-leaf clovers encircling one 4-leaf variety.

Field of Clover, Trifolium repens ID  120519220  ©  Daniil Belyay   Dreamstime.com

Field of Clover, Trifolium repens ID 120519220 © Daniil Belyay Dreamstime.com

Clover of one species or another grows in a variety of ecosystems on every continent except Antarctica. We worked with white clover, because in the Mid-Atlantic region of North America, that’s what we have the most access to. However, regardless of the species, clover plays an extremely important role in the health of the soil, the health of bees and other livestock, and therefore ultimately in our health. You can read more about the agricultural benefits of clover in this blog: Why Clover is More than Just a Lucky Symbol.

Bee on clover, trifolium ID  118760288  ©  Jozef Jankola |  Dreamstimeom

Bee on clover, trifolium ID 118760288 © Jozef Jankola| Dreamstimeom