This week I have been working with Vetch leaves to create a new botanic jewellery collection. I have been the maximum contrast so it emphasises line, pattern and shape as the edges of things become dominant and the outlines of the foliage are the main focus of each piece of contemporary jewellery in this collection. Vetch has vastly different shaped leaves at different stages of growth. The fine baby leaves can have an almost striped feel which is formed on the curved arc of the stem. At the end of each stem, the stem becomes a twisting curling tendril. The plant uses this tendril to hold on and climb. The swirls and twists are so beautiful. Very delicate and tentative and yet strong and assertive.