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Totem Adornments: Eco-luxe Jewellery with a Modern Twist

SEEN had the pleasure recently to attend the launch of Totem Adornments in the glorious surroundings of the Globe on Bankside. Creator Paddy Dickinson was delighted to debut her collection in, as she described it, ‘a sacred space’ dedicated to the writings of our most famous playwright. She is also committed to changing perceptions about what constitutes the notion of ‘precious’ by her inventive use of seeds (Lotus, Rudracksha, Bodhi and Tulsi) in the creation of her innovative jewellery.

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SEEN had the pleasure recently to attend the launch of Totem Adornments in the glorious surroundings of the Globe on Bankside. Creator Paddy Dickinson was delighted to debut her collection in, as she described it, ‘a sacred space’ dedicated to the writings of our most famous playwright. She is also committed to changing perceptions about what constitutes the notion of ‘precious’ by her inventive use of seeds (Lotus, Rudracksha, Bodhi and Tulsi) in the creation of her innovative jewellery.

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There are four lines of necklaces: Sacred Seeds, Story Keeper, Story Leaves, and Story Weaves. Paddy is dedicated to making her jewellery as sustainable as possible. The seeds are organically grown on a sustainable plantation in Bali, the rose gold and the silver are recycled, as is the packaging.

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Each Sacred Seed necklace is presented in a handmade Lotka box within an organic cotton drawstring bag. Enclosed is a history of the seed used in that particular necklace and a wild flower seed paper allowing the recipient to grown their own small meadow as a lasting memento.

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The Story Keeper has a silver cylinder that can be opened. The wearer is encouraged to keep some writing special to them within the cylinder, making me think of portable Buddhist shrines.

Story Leaves necklaces have the Rudracksha beads hung with silver leaves, each inscribed with sayings from Shakespeare.

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Story Weaves pieces are hand-woven ‘ribbons’ of rose gold chains transitioning to a recycled silver leaf drop at each end. One leaf can have the recipient’s initials or date engraved onto it to make a truly personal piece.

The necklaces are very beautiful when on display, but the pieces immediately come into their own when worn. Elegant, understated and beautifully made, they take on the life and style of the wearer and are guaranteed to complement any outfit.

10% of profits go to support the Totem Foundation Fund, which supports the preservation of stories and the leaving of a storytelling legacy to future generations. The fund also welcomes storytelling proposals from people in all walks of life. SEEN is impressed by the holistic nature of Totem Adornments and its commitment to sustainable production. These pieces are eminently wearable yet no two will ever be alike.

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