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Adorn Jewelry: Flax
David Trubridge
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Sterling Silver - Brooch: $440
Sterling Silver - Pendant: $480
Sterling Silver - Earrings: $480
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Maori basket weaving inspires the spellbinding Flax pattern in designer/adventurer David Trubridge's Adorn jewelry collection. Indigenous to his adopted New Zealand home, the plant the Maori know as "harakeke" is prized for its precious fiber.

Interestingly, the word "Adown" is derived from the Latin for “to furnish.” Perhaps David was initially inspired when he adapted his signature gem-like pendant lights into his Adorn collection of jewelry. "From a distance at night," David says, "our lights can appear like sparkling jewels. So here they are in miniature."

Hand-cast in hallmarked sterling silver, with a burnished matte finish, each of these exceptionally refined geometric talismans echo the intricate organic shape in earrings, a brooch or a pendant necklace. Presented in a carved wood keepsake box.

  • 1.5" l x 1.5"d (4x4cm)
  • Does not include loops
  • Sterling Silver
  • Branded box
  • This item normally ships within 48 hours.


“I design to communicate, to tell a story,” says the designer David Trubridge, “to relate what I find in the mountains and wilderness and what it is to be human.” Originally trained in boat design, David taught himself how to make furniture and his early work was widely heralded in his native UK. Turning a page in the early 1980s, he and his young family sold everything they had and set sail on their yacht “Hornpipe” around the Caribbean and the Pacific, while he built houses for clients living on nearby islands.

Arriving in New Zealand a few years later, David began to create furnishings inspired by his time at sea and eventually expanded to include his distinctive lighting, becoming an influential presence in the design world. An environmental sensibility governs his operation there, including recycling factory and studio waste, exclusive use of hydro electricity and eco-supportive shipping and freighting. As David puts it, “If design is not actively trying to preserve our future it is, by default, destroying it."