Despite Allyson Ross’s serious design bona fides—she holds degrees from both the Savannah College of Art and Design and New York’s School of Visual Arts—it was an affection for plants, discovered after those diplomas were earned, that inspired her to start creating the intricate, horticulture-heavy bracelets, rings, and necklaces that put her on the map. “Trying to capture a plant at any stage of its life is kind of like taking a photograph—you’re creating a memoriam to that very specific moment that can never be recreated,” she says.
Puttin’ down roots in the leafy realm has also totally changed how she approaches making things. She treats her nature finds like a still-life painter would: setting them up in front of her and carving them into wax before casting the designs in silver and gold (and sometimes both). “I was always such a fabrication nut and was all about soldering, but carving adds such a different dimension to the metal,” Allyson explains. The resulting delicate, edgily ephemeral pieces are enough make you go green with envy, so you should probably just go ahead and get one for yourself.