Though wearing an albatross around the neck has fallen out of fashion among ancient mariners, these original pioneers of self-adornment were the first jewellers to take inspiration from the natural world. Today's Groupon extends organic adornment to the un-cursed masses: for $20, you get $40 worth of hand-made jewellery from Justine Brooks Design. This Groupon is good for the jeweller's online store; shipping is not included in this Groupon and is a flat $5 rate across Canada.
Justine Brooks offers two lines of organic hand-made jewellery inspired by months of worldly travels, as well as by the native Torontoan’s adopted West Coast surroundings. A line of beaded beauties features beads of rich earth tones collected on the designer's travels, juxtaposed with iridescent pearly pieces with rich amber spheres and speckled coral-esque cut outs. Adorn your lobes with a drooping pair of dangling stone earrings ($22+), or slip a chunky, multi-beaded bracelet onto a special gorilla's wrist ($36+). Shaped with techniques Brooks picked up from nine months of trekking through the Middle East, East Africa, and Asia, her silver pieces reflect elements of nature and include sculpted pinecones, branches, iPhones, and a line of Ginkgo-leaf-shaped designs (prices for metallic pieces typically range from $60–$180).
A well-chosen piece of jewellery can make a powerful anniversary or parole gift, especially when that gift is hand-made and inspired by nature. Use this Groupon to stock up on future formalwear accoutrements, or gift the Groupon to an under-adorned friend to help her find her style.
- In this series abstract forms and textures from nature are used to create a raw organic line. The original mussel and barnacle pendants are hand carved from wax by Justine, capturing the essence of a normally fragile shell. – Kendra Wong, Vancouver Fashion Week
- I think her work is fantastic and she really exploits the seaside/boreal rainforest vibe of Vancouver. – JJ Lee, Fashion Monday