Greetings! My name is Emma, and I am a nature lover.
In my jewellery-making, this translates to a love of semiprecious stones that look like what they are: lumps of beautiful rock, pulled out of the earth. I tend to use undyed, unfaceted stones, rather than stones that have been highly refined and cut (though those are beautiful too).
As a vegetarian with vegan sympathies, I don't like to use real pearls, so I go out of my way to find irregularly shaped faux pearls that will imitate the stunning, organic beauty of freshwater pearls.
I also try to use imitation leather, rather than genuine leather, in consideration of those who would rather not wear animal skin. Where I do use real leather, it is from upholstery off-cuts or colour samples which would be thrown away if I did not turn them into something beautiful.
You can see new Whiteleaf Jewellery designs as they are released by 'liking' Whiteleaf Jewellery on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WhiteleafJewellery
I have a second shop here on Zibbet: Silverlight Jewellery – www.zibbet.com/SilverlightJewellery – for 'soft gothic', romantic and bohemian jewellery.
My blog at http://silverlight-whiteleaf.blogspot.com/ is no longer active, but there are some neat articles there, including the story of how Silverlight Jewellery's 'Pegasus' Sunrise' necklace became known as 'the Bobbi necklace' (http://silverlight-whiteleaf.blogspot.co.nz/2011/02/story-of-horse-who-has-wings.html).