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Botanical Jewelry by Michael Michaud
The Michael Michaud Jewelry Collection, designed by Michael Michaud, is a world renowned collection of true-to-nature botanical jewelry. Each piece is hand crafted and cast from the actual plant, using a technique similar to lost-wax casting. Instead of carving a mold, Michael uses an actual leaf, branch or flower in place of the wax model. As the mold is heated, the plant matter burns away, leaving behind a beautiful and exquisite mold of itself. He accentuates each piece with soft patinas on bronze accented with pearls, beads, coral and stones.
We stock an ever-blooming collection of Michael's jewelry here at Remarkable Things in Stowe, Vermont!
Silver Seasons Collection
Michael's Silver Seasons collection began in 1991 with a handful of designs. Real greenery, flowers, fruits, vegetables, nuts, bark and herbs are copied and made into jewelry.
The process for creating this natural looking jewelry begins with creating a true-to-life sculpture from a live plant, flower, leaf. Using the lost wax technique, a mold is made from the sculpture. Hot metal, usually bronze, is poured into the mold. Then comes the careful hand application of fine details. Finally, metals are patinaed, smoothed, and sometimes set with natural stones or pearls. All to bring a beautiful, wearable piece of the garden!
Michael became an expert at making and manipulating molds at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. There are several design variations within each botanical collection that might include bracelets, earrings, necklaces and pins.