Nature has always been a great source of inspiration and I was feeling exhilarated by the great outdoors while thinking up a collection for Resort 2012…

…when I came upon this store selling Philippine pearls, shells & natural stones in Market! Market! and saw these beautiful strands.Β  I’m usually extra conscious about purchasing coral or shell strands because I love the ocean & wouldn’t want a coral reef getting depleted in exchange for accessorizing a few dresses.Β  The shop owner who was from Mindanao, however, assured me that only her South Sea pearls were new, and that these shell strands, in fact, have been with her for over 10 years!

I immediately fell in love with this strange strand of shells that look like vertebrae…

…and I absolutely adore the color & pattern of turquoise stones!

Still playing around with these at the moment & am excited to see what design direction the collection will take πŸ™‚

*(Photos by John Lacson & Ito Ocampo)

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