While in Haida Gwaii a few years ago, we were on a sailboat, approaching a village which had been named after the eelgrass that grows in abundance there: T’aanuu Llnagaay. Haida ancestors knew the importance of eelgrass and named a village after it--this thought kept moving around in my head, thinking about the implications of giving a place a name. Why was eelgrass important? I studied up.
Eelgrass is home to young and old creatures of the sea, providing food and shelter. As the ocean’s nursery, eel grass anchors eggs of many species, keeping them moist and creating shade at low tide for small fry to hide from predators. Eelgrass prevents erosion, and even filters polluted runoff. I became inspired to make a necklace honoring the eelgrass as a universal nurturer.
I found side-drilled aquamarine cylinders ranging in color from yellow and green to blue. They speak of water and seagrass, and I love the shapes they create when strung together. I used peridot and citrine gems for the "bubbles" and inlaid micro-mosaics in each of the double-sided components.
Nurture features imagery of sea stars, a crab, sea snail, flounder, seahorses, and of course, eelgrass.
The suite consists of a necklace, earrings, and a bracelet/necklace extender.