These are cast in silver using the lost wax process, from the pod of a Casaurina tree. They hang from silver earwires and the pod sits just below the earlobe.
Casuarina trees are native to Australia, India, southeast Asia, islands of the western Pacific Ocean, and eastern Africa.
They are evergreen trees whose slender, green twigs bear fruits that are a woody, oval structure resembling a pine cone, made up of numerous carpels, each containing a single seed with a small wing.
The name comes from the Malay word for the Cassowary bird referencing the similarities between the bird’s feathers and the plant’s foliage.