Shade Metals

Species Specific Botanical Jewelry

oak

Oak, Northern Red (Quercus rubra)

Sara & Cesar

NATIVE RANGE: Eastern & Central North America

DESCRIPTION: Large tree with branches that grow at right angles from the trunk, leaves with 7-9 lobes, and thousands of acorns.

JEWELRY: Miniature silver oak leaves with a smooth cupped surface

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FOOD: Also known as the champion oak, this tree reaches a height of 90 feet (27 meters). The amount of acorns it produces varies from year to year, depending on how the tree judges its health and environment, but when it does drop acorns a single tree can produce a million in a single season. Survival rate for acorns is very low, up to 95% get eaten by animals like bears, deer, elk, moose, squirrels, turkey, raccoons, rabbits, birds, and more.

Oak, Sessile (Quercus patraea) aka the Irish Oak

Sara & Cesar

NATIVE RANGE: Europe, from Ireland through to Iran

DESCRIPTION: Large deciduous tree in the white oak family with undulating leaves of five to six lobes, acorns that grow without stalks directly off branches

JEWELRY: Hand-carved leaf necklace with accentuated ridges and valleys

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BIRNAM WOOD: In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the three witches that give the Ides of March prophesy live in Birnam Wood, a famed forest throughout Medieval and Renaissance Scotland. The only tree left today of that once vast forest is a sessile oak, nicknamed the Birnam Oak. It is several hundred years old and may have been a baby in Shakespeare’s time.

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