Susan McLeary is the mastermind behind this incredible line of living accessories - jewelry pieces sporting live succulents. The Michigan-based floral designer creates amazing living arrangements for all sorts of occasions, but it’s her Succulent Jewels line of wearable plant-bearing jewelry that has our attention. Her cheerful, sustainable jewelry designs are a match made in heaven for weddings and other special celebrations in life. As unique as they are original, each wearable piece is slightly different, due to the varieties of succulents used, their differing sizes and colors, and their size as it relates to the plant’s age.
McLeary cultivated the knowledge and propensity for tending succulents while working with leading floral designers in the United States. She decided to combine her love for the peculiar plants with her affection for jewelry, by affixing tiny succulent starts to a blank jewelry base. For two to four weeks, the succulent jewelry can be worn and the plants will continue to thrive. After that time, the plants can be transferred to pots and will continue to grow. The line ranges from small pieces, like rings and earrings, to elaborate necklaces and collars that are so stunning, they’re sure to capture the attention of everyone in the room.
These unique wares are sold in her online shop PassionflowerMade on Etsy, where prices range from $36 to $288 depending on the size and complexity of the piece. Although these amazing pieces of jewelry are certainly not designed for every day wear, any of them would make an unforgettable addition to a special occasion outfit. Because the plants can be potted afterward, they create a unique keepsake to make any kind of celebration last a while longer.
Images via Susan McLeary