Water Lilies Brooch is cast in hand patinated bronze and accented with pale pink freshwater pearls, representing the flowers.
It is hard to look at water lilies without first thinking of renowned French Impressionist Claude Monet. A great many of his paintings depict his flower garden at his home in Giverny, France, and his large pond covered with water lilies.
Many people, including Monet, considered water lilies to be the jewels of the pond. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they also serve an important purpose in the pond, mainly in aiding its ecosystem. Water lilies spread across the water‘s surface, filling it with colour and vibrancy all the while keeping the pond and the creatures in it safe and healthy.
This beautiful brooch is made of cast bronze and pale pink, freshwater pearls to represent waterlily flowers.
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.