In medieval Latin a florilegium (plural florilegia) was a compilation of excerpts of selected writings. The word is from the Latin flos (flower) and legere (to gather): literally a gathering of flowers.

In this latest exhibition of her work Lynn Kelly has taken the medieval meaning literally and created ‘a gathering of flowers’ in precious metals.

The work in 18ct gold, sterling silver and cultured, freshwater pearls reflects Kelly’s background in Horticulture and jewellery making and was inspired by a specific interest in 17th and 18th century botanical drawings.

Enlarged details of leaves, stamens and other plant parts are interspersed with delicately filamented flower and other plant parts such as dry seed capsules which form after flowering. They are intended to be worn individually, or as groups of brooches on the body.

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