Anna Johnson

APRIL 2020

Anna Johnson’s work caught my eye because of the interesting shapes and colours. Her work looks like it comes straight from nature. Almost like it’s a growing, living object.

Anna is a jewellery designer based in Asheville, North Carolina. She uses a range of materials and found objects in her work which creates the most unique shapes.

azure elytra earrings with azurite and jewele beetle wings by Anna Johnson

Azure-Elytra Earrings - azurite, jewel beetle wing casings, Ethiopian white opals, fine silver, sterling silver

ebendorf brooch, cadillacite, moon quartz and porcupine quills by Anna JohnsonEbendorf Brooch - cadillacite, moon quartz, porcupine quills, fine silver, sterling silver, bronze, cast sedum sarmentosum


Jewellery using mixed materials

The materials Anna uses in her work include:

  • Found objects
  • Semi precious and precious stones
  • Animal bones, all found in nature from deceased animals in their natural state.

The type of stones she uses have names I’ve never heard of. Stones like wulfenite - which is a type of orange/yellow crystal, peach calcite, and green kyanite.

Sempur brooch with european straling skull, freshwater pears, fine silver and cast bronze hen and chick by Anna JohnsonSempur Brooch - European Starling skull, vanadinite, freshwater pearls, fine silver, sterling silver, cast bronze hen and chick

Moly brooch with wulfenite, sparrow skull, 23 carat gold, fine silver and cast pieris by Anna Johnson

Moly Brooch - wulfenite, opal, sparrow skull, 23k gold, fine silver, sterling silver, cast pieris


All of these stones are combined with silver and bronze metal that’s cast into the shape of plants, twigs or vines.

Dioptase kahruba earrings with wello opal, dioptase, fine silver and cast sedum by Anna Johnson
Dioptase Kahruba Earrings - wello opal, dioptase, fine silver, sterling silver, cast sedum

Azurite Kahrube earrings with azurite, moon quartz, fine silver and cast sedum sarmentosum by Anna JohnsonAzurite Kahruba Earrings - azurite, moon quartz, fine silver, sterling silver, bronze, cast sedum sarmentosum


Jewellery inspired by nature

Anna’s work aims to highlight the value of nature. She uses jewellery - something considered very precious - to mimic forms of nature.


Kahruba earrings with amber, black spinel, fine silver bronze and cast sedum sarmentosum by Anna Johnson
Kahruba Earrings - amber, black spinel, fine silver, sterling silver, bronze, cast sedum sarmentosum

Bud earrings with green stone and bronze by Anna JohnsonBud earrings


The forms are recognizable as plants, but when they’re combined with interesting stones and animal bones, they present nature in an unexpected way.

When someone wears her pieces, it’s a reminder to protect our relationship with nature. As humans, we cannot, and should not, live without it.

Smithsonite Kahruba earrings with black spinal, 18 carat gold, fine silver and cast sedum by Anna Johnson
Smithsonite Kahruba Earrings - smithsonite, black spinel, 18k gold, fine silver, sterling silver, cast sedum

Apical earrings with rutilated quartz, peach calcite, blowfish spines and fine silver by Anna JohnsonApical Earrings - rutilated quartz, peach calcite, blowfish spines, fine silver, sterling silver, cast pieris

Jewellery worth protecting

I love the unpredictable and natural forms and delicate feeling of each jewellery piece.

Anna combines the different elements together in such a way that they become a beautiful object that’s certainly worth looking after.


Find out more about Anna on her website or follow her on Instagram – @annajohnsonjewelry

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