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Burclover (Medicago truncatula)

Sara & CesarComment

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.