The round leaves of Manzanita trees are spellbinding—gorgeous and tactile, sturdy but delicate. And yet, the leaves are usually the least admired aspect of these strange trees. The Manzanita’s bell-shaped flowers and berries are edible and sweet; its reddish, peeling bark is singularly striking; its twisted branches are so unique that florists commonly incorporate them into centerpieces. But on my California road trip up the coast last year, it was this little round, veiny leaf of the Manzanita that stole my attention.
I cast the Manzanita leaf in sterling silver and hung it from a teardrop-shaped bail. The pendant is lightweight and fun to wear. This piece is oxidized to bring out the texture of the leaf.
Material: recycled sterling silver
Pendant length: 2.75”
Chain: 18" or 20” rectangular-link chain
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