Shade Metals

Species Specific Botanical Jewelry

tree

Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

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NATIVE RANGE: Indian Subcontinent, South Asia to Northern Australia

DESCRIPTION: Colorful pink and purple long-lasting blooms, slender trunks with shedding bark, simple, opposite leaves.

JEWELRY: Casts of bark that sheds in late fall made into bronze earrings and necklaces

Crepe Myrtle, Lagerstroemia ID 34836954 © Twoellis | Dreamstime.com.jpg

Crepe Myrtle, Lagerstroemia ID 34836954 © Twoellis | Dreamstime.com.jpg

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.

Elm, Red (Ulmus rubra)

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NATIVE RANGE: Eastern North America

DESCRIPTION: Medium sized deciduous tree with a vase-like profile, leaves are toothy, serrated, and asymmetrical at the base, samara fruit.

JEWELRY: Branches foraged in early spring feature alternating buds, live casts in silver and gold.

elm trees in NYC Central Park dreamstime_xxl_27291728 copy.jpg

elm trees in NYC Central Park dreamstime_xxl_27291728 copy.jpg

IDENTIFICATION: Elms in general are quite easy to identify by their asymmetrical leaves. Notice the bottom of the leaves in this photo, all varieties of elms display this characteristic.