Michael Michaud - Spring Birch Necklace
Michael Michaud Jewellery is a world-renowned collection of botanical jewellery. Each of these unique pieces capture the beauty and exquisite detail of nature using soft patinas on bronze accented with pearls, beads and semi-precious stones. Each piece is handcrafted and cast from the actual plant, using a technique similar to lost-wax casting. Michael's exacting attention to detail gives you true to nature, botanical jewellery.
Not only is the birch tree itself a staple inspiration for décor and design, but its flowers are as well! The flowers on the birch tree, more commonly known as catkins, grow both male and female variants which cross-pollinate by the wind. Male catkins typically start growing in autumn, whereas the female catkins sprout in the spring. When designing this collection, Michael was inspired by the way these flowering buds drape off the branches of the birch tree, creating beautiful, dangling adornments.
3 x 3" pendant, 14" chain with 2" extender
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About Michael Michaud
The Michael Michaud Jewellery Collection, designed by Michael Michaud, is a world renowned collection of botanical jewellery. This unique jewellery is made by creating moulds directly from botanical elements in a process similar to lost-wax casting. While traditional lost-wax casting begins with a hand-carved model of wax, Michael Michaud instead uses an actual leaf, branch or flower in place of the wax model. A mould is created around the botanical element and as it is heated the plant matter burns away and leaves behind a beautifully detailed mould of itself.
Michael Michaud Jewellery is renowned for its beauty and workmanship and is featured in the finest museums, galleries and speciality retailers around the world. Many collections are commissioned by leading museums such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Gallery of Art and the Château de Versailles.
Artist Michael Michaud attended the Rochester Institute of Technology's prestigious school for American craftsmen, where he studied under designers Hans Christenson and Gary Griffin and became a master in the creation and manipulation of moulds. After graduating in 1980, Michael Michaud continued to perfect his craft while working under jewellery designers in the New York City area. In 1991, he found himself working in New York City's flower district and living in the beautiful Connecticut countryside - his love of the natural beauty that surrounded him began to blend with his passion for creating jewellery which lead to the birth of Michael Michaud Jewellery.