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.
Rock Fish and Stone Stack Cairns for your Summer Beach experience:
This is a dainty truffle sampler of the good stuff in gentle hues of lavender and champagne from Oregon. Holley Blue Agate is rare and found on the West side of the Cascades if you’re lucky. This stone was found by friends and paired with an equally rare and unusual Marcasite Plume Agate from Eastern Oregon that boasts little glitter fields through the upper portion of the lavender/blue triangle. The 4mm hand polished Sunstone from Southern Oregon is the cherry on the Sunday having its own schiller light. The whole thing is set in an asymmetrical sculpted Fine Silver setting for contemporary flare.
I finally got my hands on some Oregon Sunstone and its even more alluring than I expected. This particular stone is champagne clear with an interesting inclusion on the lower 1/3 that throws rainbows. It took such a lovely polish in an asymmetrical facet design that really allows it to glow and shine. The upper stone is a Thunder Egg Common Opal from Central Oregon that glows with its own held light in a slightly yellow-green tint. To top it all off, the Fine and Sterling Silver carved setting is treated to some 23.5k Gold Keum Boo in celebration.
This Blue Thunder Egg Agate Rock Fish swam out of the Blue Bed at Richardson’s Rock Ranch in Central Oregon. Varying colors of blue-gray tinted agate band together with a dark blue section containing a white ‘eye’. Layers of Fine Silver, Sterling, and Copper are carved and sculpted to create the setting for this sweet little fish.
The joy of having not just one but two stones break in this intriguing shape can’t be beat with a jewelry hammer. These Marcasite Plume Agates are from the far East edge of Oregon and contain tiny flecks of Marcasite in crystal form that create the dark blue-gray color inclusions and a sweet surprise glimmer inside. They are marbled intermittently with some warm, honey agate so the hand carved Copper, Sterling, and Fine Silver setting mimics the hue variations.
Angel Wing Plume Agates are the perfect neutral compliment to wear with anything. The variations in the dainty 5mm stones are reflected in the hand carved Fine, Sterling Silver, and Copper settings. The mirror finish, sculpted terrain undulates through different heights that flash and twinkle as they hang from your ears on Sterling Silver earring wires.
This sweet Moss Agate from the Ochoco Mountains in Oregon has a gorgeous sweep of mossing through lovely clear agate. The top stone is Angel Wing Plume Agate from far Eastern Oregon and has beautiful detailing as well. These two are set in Fine Silver with a Fine, Sterling, and Copper carved terrain flowing below.
Blushing colors and earth-tones are contrasted by clear and white agates in this fun, balancing array. The bottom stone is a detailed tube agate varying from red through warm tones to olive and blue tinting. This unusual gem is from the Blue Thunder Egg Bed in Central Oregon. The other two stones are from the far East of Oregon; Angel Wing plume agate on top and some lovely pink and white plume to the side. This is all brought to harmony with Fine Silver settings situated among carved Sterling and Copper angles with Sterling Silver balls.
Crimson dendrites cruise through blue-green milky agate to create a unique and special Oregon gemstone. Like Monet’s paintings, the ‘mossing’ and agate blends in the eye and lends a purple cast in some places. The Crystal Opal from Australia was selected for its similar color-play from its ocean green base hue to its brilliant red flash. These gems reside in a fine silver setting and a Sterling Silver size S/M cuff for your wrist.
Like a painter’s palette, colors swirl around inside this Thunder Egg Agate from the far South-East of Oregon. Left open backed, the detail and variation of clear through pink, yellow, and red Agate can be seen illuminated from behind. Fine silver holds the gem as well as splashes down the sides of the cuff as though a painter brushed them on. Hammered copper holds this whole thunder show to your small to medium sized wrist.
Out of the ‘Blue Bed’ in Central Oregon, this powerful Thunder Egg Agate begged for a bracelet setting. Earth-tone rhyolite peaks up through blue agate like islands in the deep blue sea. Fine Silver holds the gem and Sterling Silver backs it. A copper cuff holds this to your wrist with islands of silver and copper dappling it as well.
Thunder Egg Agate never ceases to amaze. Every one has utterly distinct colors, fortification lines, and other unique features. This large ‘Priday Bed’ gem cleaved off the ‘mother lava bubble’ in an almost perfect arrowhead configuration. Fine Fortification lines work their way from blue at the top, through clear and champagne tints to hazelnut down below. The second gem is a blue tinted Druzy Quartz on Agate Thunder Egg from the same seam of the bed! They were in bed together! Carved Silver and Copper finish the flow of this powerful duo.
This Pink Plume Agate from the Central East border of Oregon was plucked from the high desert like a rose. Swirling shades of pink are joined by sunshine yellow, clear and white agate. Glimmering like dew drops on its petals, this stone is graced by a Quartz Crystal Druzy seam through the center. The surrounding silver landscape is hand carved Fine and Sterling silver with a Sterling Silver band to poise this rock rose to your 8.75 sized finger.
This is some of my favorite Plume Agate from one of my favorite places. A variety of pink tones from ballet slipper pink to Rose’ wine intertwine in ribbons of complexity while clear agate and white common opal collaborate within the artist expression. Pockets of Druzy Quartz add glittering punctuation joining the sparkling flow of the Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, and Copper setting. The mixed metals are layered and hand sculpted with care to create the mountain terrain and glossy flowing texture to catch the light.
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Chasing the elusive Butterfly Petrified Woods in the Ochocos.
Breaking Rocks for Beautiful Gems
Rhyolite: Gemstones from lava flow.