The 'Hewn Collection' of rings by UK jewelry artist Jade Mellor reminds me of rock patterns. It's no wonder -- even though the rings are made from resin, they also include a variety of materials like marble, granite, pyrite, carnelian, and quartz.
The bright green ring (above) is inspired by malachite, one of the first green pigments in Egypt and China that was used for eye makeup and found in tomb paintings. The patterns etched in the resin look authentic.
Here's how Mellor describes her work: "Inspired by ancient civilizations, historical fashion details, geology and fossils, I am constantly experimenting with natural inclusions in resin to create textures, colors and qualities.
"Through mold making and hand shaping my sculptural jewelry and using the material’s properties encasing and filling voids, I mimic processes usually taking thousands of years."
The natural stones and minerals and artificial resin work so well together, complimenting each other perfectly. The textures, patterns and colors are striking and attractive in their own way.
Mellor is based in Manchester in the UK, where she graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2009. Just two years out of school, she has a very promising career ahead of her. You can see more at Jade Mellor.