Years ago Lisa Sheryle Phipps fell in love — with a man and with the wild, wonderful land where he had spent most of his life.
Lisa, a Connecticut native, found artistic inspiration in the vibrant flowers, shady canopies and mosses thick as carpet that cover the Tallahassee plantation she now calls home with her husband Gavin and three sons.
Gavin’s family purchased the land more than a century ago, thousands of acres to use for them to use for hunting and equestrian pursuits. They have since given away a great deal of the land to be used for a public park. The remaining gardens, ponds, stables and many, many acres of untamed wilderness — all teeming with alligators, wild boars, bears and Florida panthers — provide Lisa with the inspiration for her art.
Lisa and Gavin began designing fine jewelry in 1997, echoing their lifestyle in their designs by creating stunning pieces that reflected the natural life that surrounded them including quail, acorns, hunting dogs, horses, bears, oak leaves, and robin eggs.
In recent years, Lisa began combing the property with a her skilled jeweler’s eye, finding objets d’art in the unexpected: a kaleidoscopic pheasant feather, braided strands of horse hair, the mottled patterns in spalted wood. Against a soundtrack of cicadas and croaking frogs, she transformed these natural treasures into the wearable art that comprises her “Chic Verte” jewelry line.
Chic Verte, which means “fashionably green” in French, endeavors to celebrate a life that is more engaged with the land, the quiet beauty in nature and the traditions of the South. It features one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories, and décor. Each piece is handmade and reveals a hidden sophistication in nature.
With a passion for conservation, Lisa prefers to work with naturally fallen materials that have been ethically harvested. Once transformed into jewelry, these treasures can be worn all day as a reminder of the beauty that awaits outside.