Many jewelry designers seek immaculate, flawless looks, but the Sabi collection embraces the juxtapositioning of materials that seem off-balance. By combining hand-picked, untouched wood with metals and jewels, creator Jill McKeown lets imperfection make a statement. Imperfection is what drives her designs.
McKeown uses resources like found wood, brass findings and rubber coatings. She then collaborates these raw materials with polished chains and stones to create an intriguing contrast.
Because each wooden piece is hand-picked and not manipulated, processes, shapes, sizes and colors of necklaces vary with each and must be kept dry. The wood pieces are collected from all sorts of different places in the world. Every necklace comes with a tag indicating where the wood was found. In this way, the Sabi collection gives rediscovered wood an identity, and the necklaces a story.