Shade Metals

Species Specific Botanical Jewelry

pine cones

Australian Pine (Casuarina equisetifolia)

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NATIVE RANGE: Southeast hemisphere

DESCRIPTION: Evergreen conifer, green-grey branches with minute scale leaves, both male and female flowers on the same tree.

JEWELRY: Casts of the tiny female cones with honeycomb texture

Australian PIne, Casuarina equisetifolia ID 110414697 © Colin Young | Dreamstime.com.jpg

Australian PIne, Casuarina equisetifolia ID 110414697 © Colin Young | Dreamstime.com.jpg

Also called the Sea Pine, this drought-resistant conifer loves coastlines. Its native region extends from Australian up though Malaysia, the Pacific Islands, Burma & Vietnam. It has been naturalized on some islands off the coast of Africa like Madagascar and Mauritius. However, where it has been introduced in North and South America it can become an invasive species. It has harmed ecosystems in places like Florida, Texas, Brazil, and South Africa.

Australian Pine, Casuarina equisetifolia ID 93264912 © Jit Anong Sae Ung | Dreamstime.com.jpg

Australian Pine, Casuarina equisetifolia ID 93264912 © Jit Anong Sae Ung | Dreamstime.com.jpg

HEAVY INDUSTRY:
The leaves, bark, cones & seeds of this tree have proven to effectively remove harmful chemicals from the waste-water of textile dyes.

WEAPONS:
The almost 6-foot spear Kaumaile was cut from this tree nearly 900 years ago. Its original owner, the hero Tefolaha, fought with it in Samoa and Tonga until his death. Then it was passed down through 23 generations of his heirs.

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

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NATIVE RANGE: China

DESCRIPTION: Tall (165 feet) deciduous conifer, bright green needle leaves that turn orange and fall off in winter, male and female cones on the same tree, iconic christmas tree profile

JEWELRY: Casts of the tiny female cones with dimpled wedges

Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia Glyptostroboides ID 64079307 © Chen Li | Dreamstime.com.jpg

Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia Glyptostroboides ID 64079307 © Chen Li | Dreamstime.com.jpg

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LIVING FOSSILS: Once thought to have been extinct for millions of years, the dawn redwoods’ closest relatives are the redwoods on the Pacific Coast of North America. Rediscovered in a single forest in central China, they are now grown in arboretums worldwide as a preservation effort. These redwoods only reach about 165 feet high, where their giant cousins on the west coast of North America can reach over 300 feet.

DECIDUOUS CONIFERS: Much like the bald cypress, this tree isn’t an evergreen- its leaves turn orange and fall off before winter.