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In­spired by gar­dens, which for the de­signer was “one big ad­ven­ture play­ground,” Tessa Packard’s new fine jew­ellery con­struc­tion aims to build a green world in­hab­ited by bejewelled bugs, tiny tur­tles, minia­ture crabs and anemones play­ing peek­a­boo amidst flow­ers, leaves and buds. The col­lec­tion Once Upon A Time In My Se­cret Gar­den fea­tures ear­rings, rings, neck­laces, charms and cuff­links. The names of the jewels are imag­i­na­tive, and fun: hide and seek ear­rings (fea­tur­ing key mo­tifs), ring-a-roses ring, cuckoo nest ear­rings (blos­soms set with onyx or white agate), magic fairy­land and gar­dener’s neck­laces (fea­tur­ing leaves, buds).

The col­lec­tion is an ode to na­ture and the power of creative imag­i­na­tion, and Tessa wanted her jew­ellery to look and feel aged, rem­i­nis­cent of or­ganic moss grow­ing on fallen logs or an an­cient dry­s­tone wall. All pieces are lim­ited to a six-tone palette of gold, verdi­gris, gun­metal grey, pure white, sun­flower yel­low and black. The use of verdi­gris brass is like­wise in­ten­tional, ad­mits the de­signer, who em­ploys stylis­tic re­straint in her col­lec­tion. The patina’s rus­tic, green hue aims to rep­re­sent plant life both in colour and in tex­ture. Steer­ing away from sparkly gems, she has cho­sen buzzy yel­low gems – cit­rines, yel­low agate, yel­low sap­phires – to bring sun­shine to her “happy gar­den.” Big bold and bright colours cut through the or­ganic tones of jewels. Avail­able at: Tessa Packard, UK www.tes­s­apackard.com

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