That's a blooming lovely necklace! Designer makes jewellery using real flowers and moss (no watering required)
Evan, 28, crafts a small wooden vase that connects to a chain and can be filled with a flower or plant, left. Right, the green plant-life in this ring has been dried and so doesn't grow or require any maintenance
Blooming lovely: Eco-designer Evan Lentz has created a range of jewellery with a tiny plant as the centrepiece - this tiny wooden vase can be filled with any small flower or plant
Unusual: The eye-catching jewellery provides a natural, sustainable, eco-friendly and cheaper alternative to regular beads and pendants found on chain
Eco-designer Evan Lentz has created a range of jewellery that uses tiny plants, flowers or moss as a living centrepiece.
For his miniature vase pieces, Evan, 28, crafts a small wooden container that connects to a chain and can be filled with small amounts of grass or moss, or a tiny flower.
Elsewhere, rings and necklaces form tiny wooden containers that contain small amounts of dried moss creating beautiful, verdant decorations.
The green plant-life has been dried and so doesn't continue to grow, nor does it require any maintenance.
Sourced in the redwood forests near his home in San Diego, California, the eye-catching materials provides a natural, sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to regular beads, gems or metal.
He says on his website mrlentz.com that he was inspired to create the pieces while on a long walk in the redwood forests some years back.
'A few years ago, in the midst of a foggy overgrown forest, I unsaddled my horse and decided to take a walk. This walk lasted days, meandering through river valleys and steep, dense hillside.
'The redwood forest did not once fail to impress and inspire me, and so what started out as a trail of footsteps is now a journey into the handmade world of eco-friendly and sustainable jewellery.
'That journey continues today with a re-designed line of necklaces named The Redwood Series.
Evan, from San Diego, California, sells his unusual range of eco-friendly jewellery online for up to £20 a piece.
He said: 'Women generally love the necklaces and I receive a good deal of comments on them due to their unique nature.
'A lot of jewellery out there is the same old mix of beads or metal, so when someone walks in with a wearable plant necklace, they have a conversation starter with almost everyone they meet.'
On mrlentz.com, Lentz says he comes from a very creative background and that with his work he aims to inspire.
'A lot of my inspiration comes from my family. My father is a very serious entrepreneur, my mother is a famous artist of multiple mediums, and my sister is a bad-ass welder who also loves creating art.
'First and foremost I aim to inspire others to inspire others. It is my goal to share my work and joy with others and it makes me very happy to know that people around the world are smiling right now with a moss jewellery piece around their neck.
'My other philosophy is Creating Without Destroying. I believe in using recycled materials and scraps whenever possible. I also believe in using non-toxic stains and ingredients as much as possible.
'I even spent over a month developing a handmade all natural non-toxic stain derived from walnut husks and vinegar.'