kim harrell, silversmith & jewelry design
Sterling silver boutonnière/brooch flower holder
Regular price $200.00
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This brooch was inspired by Colorado's first female landscape architect, Jane Silverstein Ries (1909-2005). Ries was known to frequently wear a custom made brooch that could hold fresh flowers. The JSR Foundation commissioned me to make a brooch to honor Ries and to sell as a fund raiser for their annual scholarship award (details below). Suitable for any gender, the 'tussy mussy' or boutonniere can hold a flower or any other item that can fit into the opening. The textured sterling silver tube, featuring my signature overlap technique (you can see the seam), does not have a bottom. The pin is secured with a spherical sterling silver ball that operates like an earring back. Using traditional silversmithing techniques, each brooch is fabricated by hand from start to finish; this item is NOT cast and each brooch is unique. 50% of each sale will go directly to the JSR Foundation scholarship fund. You will receive appropriate documentation of your donation for your tax records. The brooch comes in a box with acid free tissue paper and cleaning instructions. MORE ABOUT RIES AND THE JSR FOUNDATION Jane Silverstein Ries was the first female landscape architect in Colorado. She was innovative for her time with her design philosophy of incorporating native plants and materials into her landscape designs. Ries built her projects to reflect, preserve and restore the natural environment. She was a strong voice in issues of land use and fought to conserve prairie, mountain landscapes, wildlife and urban spaces. The JSR Foundation’s mission is to continue the legacy of Jane Silverstein Ries’ stewardship of the land. Today, the Foundation recognizes and supports sustainable and innovative projects and programs that conserve, improve and enhance the built and natural environments. Each year the JSR Foundation offers scholarships to those who demonstrate a passion for preserving, improving and enhancing public spaces through responsible and innovate land use. All profits from the sale of the brooch will be donated to the JSR Foundation for scholarships. The JSR website: https://www.jsrfoundation.org