MossoftheWoods

Botanical Resin Jewelry & Accessories

Adams, Massachusetts · 3484 Sales

MossoftheWoods

Botanical Resin Jewelry & Accessories

Adams, Massachusetts 3484 Sales On Etsy since 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars
(748)

Announcement   Unique jewelry for the avid nature nerd! At Moss of the Woods, we strive to create wearable art that celebrates the beauty and complexity of the natural world. Resin pendants with preserved botanical specimens recalling vintage museums and herbariums.
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Check in for updates, coupon codes, giveaways, and general chatter at mossofthewoodsjewelry.tumblr.com!

And follow my hiking adventures and my process on Instagram! Username: Mossofthewoods

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 2, 2017

Unique jewelry for the avid nature nerd! At Moss of the Woods, we strive to create wearable art that celebrates the beauty and complexity of the natural world. Resin pendants with preserved botanical specimens recalling vintage museums and herbariums.
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Check in for updates, coupon codes, giveaways, and general chatter at mossofthewoodsjewelry.tumblr.com!

And follow my hiking adventures and my process on Instagram! Username: Mossofthewoods

Emily Scott

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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CarlyH666

CarlyH666 on Jul 15, 2017

4 out of 5 stars

it is beautiful even though the tip of the mold is slightly rough. it took about 3 months for my order to actually ship. the shop owner was very nice though. I'm excited to give my girlfriend her new necklace :)

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Updates

Added a whole bunch of new herbarium pendants as well as herbal pendants to the shop today! Check it out, see if you see anything you like!
Been having tons of fun making these new Herbal Pendants lately! This week it's all about the healing herbs.
New Wild Strawberry pendants being added to the shop today! Going up around 2pm and being added as I list them. See you there!
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About

"The beauty there is in mosses must be considered from the holiest, quietest nook." --Henry David Thoreau, 1842

When I was a young teenager I once visited a small, seldom-visited museum at the top of a mountain. In an ill-kept nook behind the gift shop and below the lodge selling overpriced burgers and oversized cups of Coca Cola, was a small collection of delicate alpine plant specimens, preserved in plastic, organized by their corresponding micro-biota of the mountain, and accompanied by their Linnean names.

I recall being so enchanted by this small herbarium collection - that these rare plants, remarkably delicate and small - could be so preserved as to reveal their every anatomical detail, from their sprawling, delicate roots, to their translucent leaves, the veins vividly visible in the backlight of the display, was an awe-inspiring thing to me.

Several years later, I discovered resin. My obsession with dissecting, memorizing, drawing, and preserving plants already firmly a part of my life, the first time I saw a picture of a garden-variety daisy cultivar preserved in resin, it was like an epiphany with the force of a tidal wave. My thoughts went instantly back to that beloved alpine herbarium. I couldn't have driven to the craft store any faster.

I vehemently love what I do. Though my entry into resin was rough at first, I acclimated, and over time, learned to work with the nuances of the material. I began making my own, custom sized molds, learned to better preserve the specimens and better prepare them for casting, and learned to improve the over-all quality of the cast with higher quality resin and meticulous preparation.

I never seem to run out of passion. I've picked more moss fronds than I can count, yet still I could get lost for hours in a single leaflet, and the green light filtering through it. Every specimen in my jewelry is picked by hand, by me, from the forests I so love. I can tell you the story of every single leaf and nut; I can prattle off the details of every species as though we were in a college lecture. In my shop, if there is one thing I can promise you, it is that every single piece is one of a kind, and every single one was crafted with as much love and passion as I can conjure.

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Every specimen and object used in my jewelry has been harvested in a sustainable manner. All plant specimens collected by myself are done so within a strict code of ethics, based on the practices outlined by several schools of ecological science in herbarium assemblage. All insects and animal parts are the products of natural death, either scavenged from the woods, or salvaged from roadkill by several taxidermist acquaintances and friends of mine. I also make sure to eliminate invasive species and clean up trash from whatever woods I harvest from, to further lessen my impact.

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  • Emily

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer, Specimen Collector

    Biology, ecology, and the natural world are life-long passions for me. Growing up in the shadow of the Appalachian Trail, I've always felt most at home in the meandering hiking trails and open forests of the New England hills.

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Last updated on Jun 10, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Can you make me a piece with a specific plant species?

While I am always happy to go as far out of my way as I can to meet all of your requests as best I can, I gather all of my own botanical specimens, and thus, unfortunately, the plants that I have access to at any given time are very circumstantial. If it is a species that definitely doesn't grow in inland New England, unfortunately I won't be able to get my hands on it without outside help.

However, I am always willing to accept pressed or fresh specimens from you if you would like me to make something from them, assuming the specimen you are sending is legal to both possess and ship. Please contact me for further information if you would like to arrange something like this.

Will the specimens rot or decay?

Absolutely not! All the specimens in my shop have been thoroughly dried, sealed, and encased in solid, high quality epoxy resin. There is no water left inside the specimen which could cause decay, nor any air to touch them.

Like the herbarium specimens which inspire my work, some pieces may fade in color over time to a slightly paler hue, as is the nature of pressed plants. The rate of fading varies largely from species to species and pendant to pendant, but it can be greatly slowed by observing the following care instructions.

Care instructions

Please be sure to store your herbarium jewelry in as cool an environment as possible, and out of direct sunlight.

Please keep your jewelry away from corrosive substances or any spray-on polymers or acrylic. For instance, please remove earrings/plugs before applying hairspray.

If possible, avoid wearing large, flat pendants for prolonged periods of time against bare skin if you are perspiring, as some sweat can be slightly corrosive and can slowly warp the back of pendants.

Can the sizing of any of the pieces be adjusted?

Unfortunately, all of my jewelry, with the exception of lichen plugs, are cast in custom-made molds that take a lot of careful preparation and work to plan, carve, and eventually cast. Therefore, it isn't generally possible to craft a new mold from scratch for one custom piece. If you would like to work out an arrangement for a custom-sized piece for a slightly increased price, please feel free to send me a message!

How do I get into contact with you if I have a question?

You can contact me via the "Contact Shop Owner" button on the left-hand side of the shop home page, or on any one of the individual listings! I will always get back to as soon as I am able, generally within 24 hours.

If you have a problem with your order, please DO NOT try to get into contact with me via the review function! I have an open return and exchange policy and am always perfectly happy to work with you to amend whatever problem you may have with your order, but I currently do not view my own reviews for mental health purposes, so if you try to get my attention with a review, I WILL NOT see it.