Words by Nicole Thomsen
May 28th, 2019
For years, Mia Larsson has made her living by visiting restaurants around Stockholm and asking for their unwanted, leftover oyster shells which she then turns into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery. For Larsson, a Swedish jewellery designer renowned for giving materials from the sea a second life, sustainability is of the utmost importance and placed at the core of everything she creates. And now, with the launch of an exclusive co-lab between Larsson and fellow Swedish retailer & Other Stories, you can get your hands on one (or seven) of her unique, sustainable designs.
This limited edition collection features seven pieces — rings, earrings, a hair clip, and a necklace — all made of recyclable and decomposable materials from the sea.
Although Larsson has always gravitated towards shells, becoming somewhat of a niche for the designer, this collection could not have come at a better time given the fashion world’s current obsession with them, particularly shell jewellery. And while these pieces are slightly more abstract than the typical shell-inspired jewellery currently on the market, this simply adds to their appeal.
Speaking about the collection, Larsson said, “I think it is amazing that the oyster builds this beautiful and high tech ceramic material around them as a protection from intruders. I find jewellery fascinating because it can tell stories about your faith or connect you with places and loved ones. It is a piece of art that connects you to the world.”
The collection, which is now available online at stories.com, was crafted from oyster shells which Larsson collected from a local seafood restaurant in Stockholm. The designer then went on to handcraft each shell along with recycled silver into unique pieces of jewellery at her atelier. You can witness Larsson in action, creating one of her timeless pieces in the video below.
To complement the jewellery, & Other Stories has also created a ready-to-wear collection inspired by the treasures of the sea. Playing in shades of pearl, off-white and blue, the collection features embroidered, floaty dresses, a sleek jumpsuit and blazer, a fluid tunic, tie-dye shorts and a denim jacket, all made in sustainable materials such as TENCEL®, organic cotton and recycled polyester.
Prices vary from €59 for an ear cuff and €99 for a ring to €129 for the hairclip. Prices for the ready-to-wear collection vary from €39 for an organic cotton top and €99 for a jumpsuit to €179 for an embroidered, recycled polyester mesh dress. You can discover our favourites in the edit below.
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