Mushrooms > Diamonds
Unlike any other species, the strangeness of fungi survives the loss of innocence about the limits of nature. They trump the supernatural, their magic intensifying the more we learn about them. Through their relationships with plants and animals, mushrooms are essential for forest and grassland ecology, atmospheric chemistry, water purification, and the maintenance of biodiversity. To me, they hold greater metaphysical properties than any gem or mineral, because what stone can decompose toxins and cultivate life out of it?! That being said, why wouldn't you want to celebrate these little earth treasures?
Seeking out crystals that have only experienced life from within our earth. Their energy is pure, uncontaminated, and wise. These minerals radiate their connection with Mother Earth and tell a story that no human could ever create. Embrace the individuality, it isn't always about how perfect the point is, but the character within each stone. What excites us is the rutiles, inclusions, clusters, double terminated and rare growths.
It is seldom that I praise the wind and it's destruction, but strolling through the woods after a cranking wind storm leads me to a forest full of gifts and treasures. I gather all from fallen hives, loose lichen to busted branches and so much more. Please note I have observed these hives for many weeks to make sure they were completely abandoned before I actually harvested them.
People love trees, yet twigs are seen as debris beneath our feet and rarely used for anything other than kindling, much less works of art. The way I see it, these twigs are part of trees and speak the same language. You see a whole new world once you lay eye level on the forest floor. An intricate miniature forest of surprising organic forms and natural wonders can be found. I look for the hidden mystery in each twig. Scars, knots, worm trackings, rot stains and fungi debris. They all have a story to tell, who wants to listen with me?
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life
For us, that means living out the majority of the year in our stealth trailer, pop up tent trailer and out of the back out our truck to put ourselves closer to the natural world where life is rich.
"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth."
I am very proud to be handcrafting heirloom quality pieces made from.999 silver. though it is extremely labor intensive, I have fallen in IN LOVE with the art of silversmithing.
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It isn't all about what I can find to take home and craft with. Sometimes it is more gratifying to find a rare piece of nature and do nothing more but admire it before leaving it right where I found it.
Frolicking about the native plants, plucking leaves that radiate beauty and character. Waste not, want not! Preserving and capturing the beauty for you to enjoy in the form of jewelry.
Being that we live a nomadic lifestyle, we chase the seasons that our hearts desire. Though I have much love and appreciation for all four seasons, SPRING is my favorite for it is the rebirth of the land, bringing us a variety of life to admire. We have been fortunate enough to see small sections of the butterfly migration over the last two springs. It is a beautiful thing to watch these little ones flutter around like a stampede in the sky, but very unfortunate when they float their way into traffic. When I see this occurring in high volume, I walk the highway and gather the hundreds of casualties. They will be honored, ooo'd and awwww'd for the rest of time.
Not all my scavenged-goods come easy. Though some of the bones I have harvested were found in the wild, due to natural selection, the majority are due to roadkill. It really saddens me to find roadkill after roadkill, some of the most beautiful creatures mangled on the side of a road because of humans. There is always the cringe at first glance, then comes the heavy heart. It is easy for most to just keep on driving by but not for me. I always try to stop to rest the animal in a place a little more sacred then on the side of the road. Though it may be hard for some of you to imagine, I am not ashamed or disgusted to carefully harvest claws from these creatures. I look at it like its a symbiotic relationship. Any animal that wants to feed on the carcus is now no longer in danger from it too getting hit by car. By taking only the claws, I am certain that I am not stealing any food from any scavenging animals. Lastly, I am honoring the animal by sharing it's beauty with all of you.
Endless Love for WILDFLOWERS. We chase the blooms from sea level to the top of the Sierras over the coarse of many months. The way these blooms breathe, fill my lungs with sheer happiness. Only plucking small amounts for what can be preserved, crafted into jewelry and enjoyed for the rest of time.
Though I grew up just minutes from the beach, it wasn't till I moved to the mountains that I truly appreciated the ocean. Go figure! It boggles my brain to think how much life is being lived from within this mass of water, and to try to put into perspective just how large it is. Regaurdless of its mystery, I thoroughly enjoy my time in these salty waters, feeling like a kid again. Sea glass and shell jewelry made its way to the surface!
It is a gift ¤
the chances of stumbling upon the exact spot that a deer once stood when he shed his horns is humbling in itself.
it completely twists my noodle to think about where this horn has been prior to shedding.
the places it has traveled while resting on top of a majestic creatures head
the wildlife it has seen
It brings wonder as to which nearby mountain this horn has treked up and down
which water source it returned to time and time again
which old growth it lied under each night.
It has gone on a lengthy, not always so plesant journey with a deer that has used it as protection against the low hanging branches in tight corridors, and most importantly used as a weapon, challenging countless bucks for procreation with the healthiest doe. If this horn could talk, what story would it tell? .
To me, jewelry is not just an accessory but an expression. Being able to wear something that has once lived the wild life is both grounding and powerful. No manufactured good can beat the wisdom & character that nature provides
This is not a hobby, but a hard earned lifestyle. We have chosen to educate ourselves on how to eat wild in order to feed ourselves with the most nutrient rich, non gmo, non mass produced food. Harvesting wild food is the objective but as we have learned over the many years of foraging, we gain much more than "just food" in these experiences. We happy-dance, sing and radiate sheer joy every time we stumble upon a fruitful neck of the woods. Not to mention the satisfaction we have throughout the year every time we grub on our hard earned eats. Though I would love to go into every detail, I can not for liability reasons. If you would like to hear more about it, please look under my "EVENTS" tab and come visit me in person!
rockhounding- I dont think this is the official definition, but in our book it goes something like:
play in the dirt, find a pocket, skip breakfast, lunch and dinner without even realizing it till the sun has set - go to bed feeling like you are 100 years old
glamorous or not, we love the holy shit out of it!!