The Evolution of the Orb

 When I was about 8 years old, I saw Rosemary's Baby for the first time and fell in love with the spherical cage necklace that contained the fictional Tannis Root. I loved the idea of preserving  bits of earth as a keepsake, which was also a big theme in Victorian Jewelry. Sometime in my early 20's, I received an empty glass orb ad decided to make an "herbarium" necklace out of it. I created the first orb in 2012, and by the end of that year, my  boyfriend and I had stuffed over 3500 orbs for festivals and a couple of major retailers. The design took off quickly.  Finally there was a month  when we quit our jobs, moved to Chicago, and worked for a month straight on a huge order that requested over 3000 pieces of jewelry to be made (most of these were orbs). We stayed up until 5 a.m stuffing orbs, eating pizza, and watching Breaking Bad, Lost, and Nip Tuck Marathons. I perfected a few pieces, spent quality time with my boyfriend, and got super fat. It was a great way to end the first year of my business. 

The started off as a simple design-a hand blown hollow glass orb that contained preserved flowers and mosses- and then we added the draping chains and random little accents. Five years later, I'm introducing the cage orb :) 

Raven Locadia