Designer Susan McLeary creates stunning accessories that really grow on you. Using real succulents hand-picked from her family-owned greenhouse, she crafts intricate headpieces, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and other pieces of “bio-jewelry.”
From Oddity Central:
Each piece from McLeary’s ‘Passionflower’ collection can be worn for two to four weeks before the plants begin to grow off their metal base. When this happens, wearers can simply remove the succulents from their metal base and re-pot them to keep in their homes. The brass jewelry bases can still be worn on their own. If the pieces are worn for special occasions like weddings, the potted succulents become all the more significant.
“Before I was a florist, I made jewelry for friends,” she revealed. “When one such friend got married, she asked me to design her wedding flowers in addition to her jewelry. As I had her flowers in my hands, I knew I’d found my medium.
“I make each piece by hand, paying careful attention to composition and color,” she added. “Each jewelry piece is made with locally sourced plants from a family owned greenhouse and jewelry bases sourced from other small businesses. The jewelry is intended for special occasion wear, but if treated gently, the jewelry can be enjoyed for a few weeks. These pieces are perfect for weddings, as bridesmaids gifts, birthday or anniversary gifts, or as the perfect complement to an amazing party outfit.”
McLeary’s exquisite designs are available for sale on her Etsy store, ranging from $20 boutonniéres to $300 statement necklaces.