…Light-winged Dryad of the trees,
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.
-Keats, from ‘Ode to a Nightingale’
The poet Keats was familiar with the ancient Greek personification of the forest. Dryads, like the nightingale in his poem, presided over the trees. They were rhapsodized in mythology as beautiful, mysterious female sprites, born with each new tree, living and growing with the forest around them. If a dryad’s tree came to harm, she suffered with it; when her tree was healthy and strong, she thrived. The dryads inspired passion in the gods and mortals alike: Eurydice was a wood nymph whose husband, Orpheus, loved her so much he followed her to the Underworld to find her and bring her back.
The Dryad Collection is a soulful, beautiful recollection of once upon a time, when trees had spirits and the gods came down to earth.
Artist Heather Perry
lives in a small town in northern Maine, where the woods and rugged coastline inspire her beautiful handcrafted designs. Heather approaches each piece of jewelry from her background in fine art sculpture, rendering incredible detail and depth in recycled sterling silver and gold. In her life outside of her jewelry craft, Heather often visits the ‘big city’ of Portland, Maine, with her son. They both enjoy music stores, Japanese restaurants, and other treats small-town life doesn’t offer.
- handmade with recycled sterling silver
- five 2.4mm conflict-free chocolate diamonds in .25" wide settings
- 3mm wide band
- TLC for your sterling silver and diamond jewelry