By all definitions natural, the elements I've used in this series did not come to fruition.
The seeds did not yield a tree, the saplings did not grow to maturity.
Cracked Open and Shining Jacaranda Seed Earrings with Repurposed Vintage Coral
The flowers withered before they had a chance to show their full beauty, crisped by the unusual May triple digit temperatures.
I found them all on the wind, in the wood-chipped business flower planter that would never suffer a jacaranda tree
in the underbrush of forests
in the backyard college campus I haunt with the babe
These dead things thin and frail
somewhere between bone and dust
Samara with Star and Chrysoprase Necklace
See how they shine!
A new purpose for each
hundreds of years of beauty started today
lasting beyond the season into jewelry boxes of grandchildren
and treasured moments
This is failure, friends.
Isn't it beautiful?
Jacaranda Laurel Necklace in Brass and Sterling Silver
In it is there not a seed of something brand new and fresh?
More than just a lesson in humility and loss?
Here is my wish for you:
that this series serve quite seriously the purpose of reminding you
that nothing is ever guaranteed its end
and the most seriously discarded dream
Seed Pod Post Magic Spell Earrings
ripped to shreds even,
crushed to bits
can know resurrection just as surely as these
In the Metal Shop