Almond Leaf Brooch

I was recently asked to design and make a leaf brooch that was to be given to a lady who had lost a very close friend named Phyllis.

Using silver sheet, I  beat out the areas between the veins to give it it’s form. Whilst I was adding a wrapped ribbon of silver, I was struck by how it naturally took up the shape of the leaf which I decided was a poignant touch and decided to keep in the design. It gives the impression of both a physical and ethereal leaf bound together. The leaf is an almond leaf and it was chosen by the client because an almond tree is the symbol of Phyllis from Ancient Greek mythology.