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grass-fed jewelry

October 4, 2013

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Atlanta native Madeline Burdine is known for her original jewelry designs. In her East Cobb studio, the metal artist hand cuts copper and silver to create her textured and detailed necklaces, earrings and cuffs.

Often she takes design cues from leaves, rocks and feathers found in her back yard. But on a farm tour two years ago, the UGA grad found a new inspiration: animal bone.

Burdine and her fiancé took a tour of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton to learn more about local, sustainable food, a passion they share. The fifth-generation farm in South Georgia offers grass-fed beef and free-range poultry.

On the tour, which included a visit to the bone yard, Burdine learned about the farm’s nose-to-tail, zero-waste concept.  Burdine decided then that bone was the perfect reclaimed material for her eco-friendly line of jewelry.

Periodically, Burdine heads for the farm to collect bones and haul them home to be cleaned, cut, shaped and sanded.

The grass-fed line of jewelry ranges from $119 to $225 and up. But there are other popular pieces, including the warrior poet earrings ($157.50) and cuff ($97.50); the Shasta daisy necklace and earrings ($68 each); and the silver swallowtail earrings ($200).

Find her designs at her online store, www.madelinesmilesjewelry.com. Also swing by her booth at the Norcross Art Fest this weekend (Oct. 5-6) if you are in the Atlanta area.

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