Katie O’Dare creates micro-ecosystems you can wear. We recently discovered her terrarium necklaces on Facebook and wanted to more about them. Here is what she had to tell us about her unusual combination of jewelry-making and gardening.
When first harvested, seeds of the Phytelephas aequatorialis tree are white, though you might be more familiar with them as brightly-colored baubles in your jewelry box. Tagua (pronounced tog-wah) nuts, or "ivory of the rainforest," from the Ecuadorean Ivory Palm, are a sustainable alternative to elephant ivory. The seeds are hard and smooth, as well as being easy to carved and dye. They are lustrous as Bakelite and smooth as ceramic, with a chromatic depth I associate with silk or the complex grain of walnut wood.
You're tough! You've got your knuckle duster on, ready to punch!
But maybe you're soft, because your knuckle ring has, um, moss growing on top of it.
I've had three different co-workers instant message me this link. Maybe they're grossed out by the pig butt arum? Anyway, if you're looking for a charming bit of beauty, these wearable planters might just be the thing. They're a more modern, less fussy update of the Victorian posy pin, which was a holder with a little vial of water for a small blossom.