Malvarosas—more widely known as scented geraniums—have perfectly nice little pink flowers. But the plant's real glory is its strongly rose-scented leaves. Intricately edged with sculpturally curved and grooved surfaces, they were a natural choice for the gilding that mother-daughter jewelry artist team Tulianna and Alejandra Garcés have given them for this elegant adjustable bracelet. Native Colombians who transplanted themselves to Vermont, the Garcés were inspired by the profuse proliferation of malvarosas—also transplants, from Africa—in the tropical cloud forests and rainforests of South America.
"They've spread like a wild plant all over Colombia, where you find it wild and domesticated in gardens," they told us. After hand-casting a real Malvarosa leaf in recycled copper and bronze, they plated it with 24k gold to make this instant classic. Handmade in Vermont.