The Ozone is a gallery that doubles as a jewelry studio where Karen Britt creates hand crafted art jewelry designs daily. Karen finds rough Oregon native stones and performs the lapidary (hand polishing) to make them into gems. Each gemstone is ‘one of a kind’ so every hand fabricated jewelry piece is a unique and artistic statement.
Peering into the dances inside the Stones:
This unusual Red Moss agate fingers it’s way through blue-green Agate in a dazzling display of unique color mixing. The stone is ‘high dome’ polished and faceted to allow for lovely gazing into the stone. A rare Green Petrified Wood cabochon is poised above flaunting a delicate sea-foam green tinting with emerald green pores. These are set into Fine Silver with a Sterling Silver band that wraps this unique piece around your 8.5 sized finger.
In the deepest Southeast reaches of the Oregon High Desert, there lies Thunder Egg Agate and Jasper that contains purples, mauves, maroons and other rare hues to be found in our local. This stone is both Jasper and Agate, boasts all those colors above, and even a glittery stream of Druzy Quartz running through it’s sweet heart. Above, an old stock, blush-pink Baroque Pearl exchanges light and color from the lower stone. Carved Sterling and Fine Silver create the flowing asymmetrical setting.
There is a rare, Red Moss Agate from Central Oregon that is reminiscent of how Monet painted. Red dendrites grew their limbs through blue-green Agate in such a way that the stone appears wine red, purple, or blueish-green with red inclusions depending on the angle and light. In a contrasting dance of shapes and mixing, Angel Wing Plume Agate soars above the Moss Agate with both crystal clear Agate and bright white inclusions. Fine and Sterling Silver hold this size 7 ring to your lucky finger.
With fresh, contemporary lines, these Moss Agate drop earrings are dazzling when back-lit. Each of the Central Oregon Moss Agates has complex tendrils of forest green dendrites cruising through clear and blue-green tinted Agate. Fine and Sterling Silver hold the gems in a stylized, carved rendering of the water’s edge and silver bubble spheres. Sterling earring wires dangle these little worlds from your ears.
This pairing had to happen. The Moss Agate from Central Oregon is so generously sized that there is an entire world of detail within. Cloudy and blue-green agate alternate fortification lines creating designs amid emerald and forest green mossy dendrites. A blue-green Crystal Opal (from Australian old stock) with emerald green flashes was added to carved Fine and Sterling silver creating a waterfall, cascade, and bubbles in this delightfully water-themed, yet abstract ensemble.
The first out of a new batch of Moss Agate, fresh from polishing, I just couldn’t wait to set this stone. It cleaved in an elegant diamond shape with deep facets. Emerald to forest green dendrites drift through clear to blue-green tinted Agate. Above the Moss Agate, an Angel Wing 5mm cab offers contrasting texture and color. Set in Fine Silver with a Sterling Silver base, the ‘wing’ below is carved by hand from the metals and a Fine Silver sphere balances on the opposite side.
Delicate white ‘moss’ or dendrites reach through the clear Agate while rust and green Rhyolite flank the gems in these Thunder Egg Agates. Born of a volcanic event, the Thunder Eggs are bubbles in the Lahar or pyroclastic river and they show, within their variations, the combining of minerals in the silicate slurry. They are held in the Lahar as represented by the Fine, Sterling Silver, and Copper mixed metal base that flows around the stones, like a stream, punctuated by Silver bubbles below.
The metallic mineral Marcasite grew through this clear agate in a delicate spire formation called tube agate. As though they’re floating, these maroon colored tendrils shoot and fan out through the slightly blue-green tinted agate in an elegant dance. The top, 5mm stone, is a Red Dendrite (Moss) Agate with blue-green tinted milky agate that contains a craze of Quartz Crystal Druzy. The scene is set back into the ground by way of carved Fine, Sterling Silver, and Copper in a topographic terrain.
This Thunder Egg Agate from the Blue Bed is such a deep, dark, midnight blue that it appears black in normal light. A back-light gives away its bubbly clarity tipped with some green Rhyolite at the bottom. An Angel Wing Plume Agate sits above a stack of silver pebbles and a carved silver and copper cliff holding it atop the cairn.
Not all Petrified Woods are created equal. This glassy gem boasts Common Opal striations in various radiant, warm shades of gold through chocolate brown. From nearby the wood’s birthplace in central Oregon, this Thunder Egg Agate glows with a copper colored inclusion and blush fortification lines continuing where the wood left off. Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, and Copper hold these stones in a delightfully asymmetrical cairn.
A blue sky and copper gorge are made with a multitude of fortification lines in this detailed Blue Bed Thunder Egg Agate mined from Richardson’s. Gently undulating Fine Silver and Copper carved into an abstracted terrain serves as the setting while 18 gauge Sterling Silver wraps this 8.5 ‘two into one’ band around your finger.
Colors mimic the native terrain and ripple deeply in this Owyhee Thunder Egg Agate. Shades of crimson ribbon through orange, clear, and blue agate. Little Rhyolite islands contain flashes of silicate faces bubbling through the gem. Fine Silver holds the stone while Sterling and Copper branch like the dew clad twigs of Spring.
From the famed Graveyard Point area, Plume Agate of a variety of colors are waiting to be found. Blue is always sought after and this fantastically asymmetrical chunk has the color of the stormy desert sky. Above, black dendrites craze amid washes of warm, yellow Agate and sparkling Quartz Druzy crystals. A 4mm Angel Wing Plume Agate collaborates on framing the piece in Fine Silver, Sterling silver, and Copper.