This ring is inspired by the teatree plant, and it’s flower which when pollinated by local bees and taken back to the hive is made into Manuka honey. Manuka honey is activated, which means different jars have different strengths ranging from 5+ to 25+. This number represents the Methylglyoxal concentration which is its active ingredient and likely responsible for these antibacterial effects. Additionally, manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. In fact, it has traditionally been used for wound healing, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay and improving digestive issues. I chose a Manuka honey coloured citrine for the centre of the flower, which is a recycled silver head on top of a recycled 9k yellow gold shank modelled to look like the leaves.