I first saw Andrew Haviland’s work at the MECA Christmas Fair. Though I didn’t bite the bullet and purchase one of his rings then (I don’t buy for myself during the holidays) I kept his business card on my desk and finally got in touch with him this month. I am extremely picky when it comes to jewelry and I find myself shifting between the very feminine to the strong and masculine. Andrew’s barnacle rings strike that perfect balance for me: delicately detailed but sturdy.
Andrew has a background in sculpture woodworking and poetry, but jewelry is his first passion. In his senior year at MECA, he became obsessed with barnacles because of “their mysterious familiarity and because they are often overlooked, but always there,” he says. “Moving around every two years growing up I never truly had a home and these creatures build their homes to withstand extreme environmental changes. So I think I am inspired by them through a twisted form of jealousy or at least to create something wearable to remind me of their strength.”
Hand cast in white bronze, silver or gold, his Crustacea Cirripedia rings, pendants and earrings range from $40 to $75. If you’re interested in contacting Andrew, you can visit his site here. I don’t know about you, but I have a new found appreciation for barnacles.