The Rowan tree is a real witches tree. The Rowan tree has long been known for being a magickal tree. It’s has an important role in many mythology and folklore stories.
The Rowan tree is a great protector, it protects against bad luck & evil. It has been used for many years to make walking sticks and magician's staves, as well as Druid staffs and wands. Even today is is still one of the most sought after woods for wands and amulets. It is believed to help psychic abilities and connections. If you look at the berries when you remove them from the stick you will notice the pentacle symbol where they were attached.
Technically we don’t have a Rowan tree in our garden, but our neighbours do. It’s in their front yard and most branches overlap to our side. I don’t mind at all, I think it’s a wonderful tree. It’s not a very big one, but it is absolutely a pretty one. It’s also very handy because I have Rowan berries and leaves within reach.
A little while ago I made some marble stones with colors inspired by the Rowan tree. I wanted to make some designs based on the Rowan tree. And not only inspired by the tree, but I wanted to make a connection to the Rowan tree. The Rowan tree is a great protector, so I wanted to make some jewelry design that could really relate to the Rowan tree, not only by its color scheme.
And that is what I did. I used real Rowan tree leaves in the design. I’ve practiced with resin and for some time now I say I want to use more natural materials in my designs. This is the first actual design where I brought my ideas to an actual new design.
I’ve thought of ways to use natural materials in jewelry designs. I’ve come up with ideas to use them more secretly and also ways where the natural materials are more visible.
Rowan tree Earrings
I’ve got those filigree settings for quite some time now and I think they are very pretty. I marbled glass-stones in green and red colors. Before I placed the stones in the settings I added a layer of rowan leave chips. Not visible from the outside, but a good way to connect the earrings to the rowan tree. The leave chips are fully sealed between the setting and the glass-stone, so nothing can happen to it.
Rowan tree necklace
With the same filigree setting I made a necklace inspired by the Rowan tree. Also this setting has rowan leave chips between the stone and the setting. With the necklace I decided to also make a subtle visible detail. I filled smaller settings with resin and I added rowan leaf chips to it. It’s a subtle detail and I like how it turned out.
I am very happy with this experiment. I think this is a great way to, besides using gemstones, give more meaning to my creations.
I also made the first design with this technique and theme for my shop. I will add it to my Etsy shop.
© Susanne Bot-Boer, SB Designs / SB Designs Creations