I'd aimed for a pendant that looks like petals of a lotus flower. Here was the initial sketch:
For many, flowers or leaves can be symbolic and have personal meaning. A certain flower or plant may be associated with a loved one or memory. Or perhaps, the pattern is so mesmerizing that you just can't help but love it. It's mesmerizing to look at the cells of a honeycomb or the radial symmetry of a sunflower, isn't it?
For me, geometric pattern found in nature is plainly beautiful with or without the added curiosity of symbolism! By human nature, perhaps, we have an innate attraction to the geometry reflected in natural phenomena.
Because metal is workable with the application of heat, it can be formed into any shape ... so what happens? Our obsession with the world we live in is mirrored in the adornments of jewelry all around us. With basic hand tools the most ornate forms can be achieved by machine or an artist themselves.
What is your favorite shape found in nature? Here was a short I found on Vimeo that nicely highlighted common patterns found in nature: