Floral Jewels

Floriculture students display one-of-a-kind creations.

Ever heard of floral jewelry?

Beautiful rings, bracelets, and earrings – all crafted from flowers, leaves, even live plants. Combined with wire and ribbon, they’re a stunning amalgam of the natural and the created, the ephemeral and the enduring.

These floral jewelry pieces are just a sampling of the beautiful and astonishingly original plant artworks created by students taking Floriculture Arts. The 491 class, under the direction of professors Tessie Amore and Orville Baldos in the Dept. of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, starts with leaves and fronds, and braids and weaves them into hand-crafted roses and fanciful swirls, as well as more traditional floral arrangements that incorporate found objects.

The students proudly displayed their works in UH Mānoa’s Hamilton Library and refined their skills by crafting table centerpieces for CTAHR’s Annual Banquet.

Don’t be upset if you missed the live displays; their online exhibition is still going strong on Instagram and Facebook!