For me, the word burlap calls to mind images of that scratchy stuff I drape over grass seed in the yard when I’m trying to regrow bald patches of lawn that my big dogs inevitably destroy. But for Thistle & Bee, burlap has a much more sophisticated meaning. This summer, the New York City–based firm is debuting its Burlap Silver & Gemstone collection (suggested retail prices currently range from $325 to $1,050). Rings, bracelet, earrings, and pendant necklaces are available, each with a light and pretty combination of colors; the $250 bangles pictured feature combinations of chrome diopside and peridot, citrine and lemon quartz, and iolite and blue topaz.
According to Thistle & Bee, the collection “combines a dynamic new texture, reminiscent of intricate burlap fabric, with a colorful selection of fine, multi-tonal gemstones,” and “reflects inspiration from careful exploration and exotic world travels.”
I’m not sure where in the world a selection of burlap dazzled Thistle designers, but knowing that such a utilitarian medium can inspire this kind of style should offer plenty of hope to the creatively challenged.
Bangles in sterling have combinations of chrome diopside and peridot, citrine and lemon quartz, and iolite and blue topaz, $250 each