A Dandelion brooch cast in bronze and accented with white freshwater pearls.
The word Dandelion is from the French, “tooth of the lion” because of the jagged edges of the leaves.
There are also many superstitions about the Dandelion. A wish will come true if all the seeds are blown off in one breath or, if some remain, it will indicate how many children you will have.
Lovers use Dandelion seeds to send messages to one another, for as well as divining the future, the Dandelion means faithfulness.
The Michael Michaud jewellery collection 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, Michaud instead uses an actual leaf, branch or flower in place of the wax model.
A mould is then created around it and as it is heated the plant matter burns away and leaves behind a beautifully detailed mould of itself.
These pieces are then finished with coral, pearl and beads to create uniquely detailed botanical jewellery.