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Plantation

Collection

Plantation. The word itself suggests an older, slower way of life. Ayavalla, the Phipps family plantation, is the inspiration for this collection. Just before you arrive at the big house on Ayavalla Plantation, you’ll pass through sun-dappled light glancing off the ground in a lovely grove of Pecan trees, as visitors have for decades.

For generations, Phipps’ have come to Ayavalla to escape the demands of city life; to nap under the broad live oaks; to listen to the songs of cicadas; to watch children play in the amber glow of the late afternoon light. Nearly all of the materials used in this collection were collected on the grounds of Ayavalla Plantation

Some of the natural treasures that make up our Plantation Collection include:

  • Acorn
  • Feathers
  • Horsehair
  • Heirloom Timber
  • Lacebark

Shore

Collection

Henry David Thoreau best described this magical region when he said, “A man may stand there and put all America behind him.” We couldn’t agree more. The shores of Cape Cod are a place where you can escape and find serenity… and sometimes a little inspiration.

Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today’s visitors.

Lisa Phipps, the designer behind Chic Verte, found artistic inspiration in the gentle sand dunes, washed driftwoods and seashells near her family’s cottage on the Cape. Then, using her background designing fine jewelry, Lisa transforms these overlooked treasures into wearable art.

Some of the natural treasures that make up our Cape Cod collection include:

  • Bamboo
  • Coconut
  • Coral
  • Cork
  • Driftwood
  • Lava Rock
  • Oyster
  • Sand
  • Sand Dollars
  • Sea Bisquits
  • Seashells
  • Sting Ray

Ranch

Collection

Montana has several nicknames, although none official, including “Big Sky Country”, “The Last Best Place”, and “The Treasure State”. No matter what you call it, everyone agrees that Montana represents the untamed, the wild, the natural

Heirmosa Ranch in Dupuyer is a family property and a muse to the Chic Verte design team. Mule Deer, Black Bear and Horses are just a few of the animals that inspire our designs.

Some of the natural treasures that make up our Plantation Collection include:

  • Antler Sheds
  • Arrowheads
  • Barbed Wire
  • Bison Horn
  • Buffalo Teeth
  • Clay
  • Fossils
  • Leather
  • Silver
  • Turquoise

About

Chic Verte

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 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 deer — 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 quail feather, braided strands of horse hair, the mottled patterns in spalted wood. Against a soundtrack of cicadas and croaking frogs, she transforms these natural treasures into the wearable art that comprises her “Chic Verte” jewelry lin

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.

Natural

Materials

With a passion for conservation, Chic Verte prefers to work with naturally fallen materials and scraps. These items have been discarded by nature, rescued from decay, and given new purpose.

Once transformed into jewelry, these treasures are practically weightless and can be worn all day as a reminder of the beauty that awaits outside.