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.
Carved Silver Summer Statements:
This Moss Agate is one of the favorite finds of this year. The whole stone was like an ice-cube, so clear, with Olive and Acid Green tendrils tracing through it. This cabochon is deep and gently faceted to perfectly frame the beautiful crystalline growths within. The top stone is Moss Opal from a Thunder Egg with complimentary Olive and rust colored mossing against blue-white Common Opal. Brought together by a Fine Silver Setting, the piece is carved in organic undulations like the terrain the stones came from.
Here’s a rare, lavender-through-purple Holley Blue Agate for you!. Delicate fortification lines ribbon their way through this clear, dome-finished cabochon from my ‘friend-stone’ collection. Set open backed, you can see the light illuminate it, making it glow and it puts you into closer touch with the stone. Fine Silver is stacked and sculpted in an artistic, asymmetrical frame around the Fine Silver setting and Sterling Silver holds this radiant pretty to your size 8 finger.
Purple is certainly a passion presently! The lower stone is an eggplant and dusty purple from a Thunder Egg that I found towards the beginning of my Oregon rock hounding days. The fact that it’s purple and ‘old stock’ for me makes it precious. It’s detailed with clear/blue/purple Agate running through dusty purple jasper, so unique. The upper stone is rare Holley Blue Agate, that is actually very lavender that a friend gave me, the perfect lightness to the thunder.
This dance of asymmetry and Fine Silver started with a crimson Moss Agate so deeply riddled with mineral that one can barely see through it. Lightening things up a bit above, a delicately pink Plume Agate poises amid swashes, bubbles and undulations of silver. A two-to-one Sterling Silver band laces this pretty party to your sized 7 finger.
Coming in hot! Two juicy stones landed on this sculptural art for your arm. A Crimson Red Moss Agate is poised at the top with a streak of white lightning in its high dome cabochon. The lower stone is a subtly peaches and pink Thunder Egg Agate with unique tube agate forms meandering through it. Fine Silver, stacked and carved, serves as the undulating setting for the stones and is repeated in the Fine Silver straps that hold the hammered copper to your wrist. The cuff entrance is asymmetrical with only one part of the band continuing on each side, this leaves the Medium to Large (6.25”) cuff light around the ‘bendy’ part of your wrist for comfort.
It’s like these Angel Wing Agates from Eastern Oregon were placed back in their topography. Layered Copper, Sterling and Fine Silver are hand carved into undulating terrain that flashes and glimmers in the changing light. Left open backed, the stones glow with back-lighting while this beautiful show hangs from your ears with Sterling Silver earring wires.
Out of an Oregon Thunder Egg from the Priday Bed, a Common Opal Moss Agate burst forth with delicate details and lovely hues. Polished with facets, yet left fairly deep, the graceful undulations of the green minerals flow through the white and tinted blue Common Opal and clear agate. Poised above, a 5mm Sunstone cabochon relays light like the carved fine silver hills just below it.
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.
No two Sunstones come out of the ground the same shape and thus these two shiny gems are asymmetrically a great match. Each got an Emerald style facet cut based on its shape and were set open backed into Fine Silver to let the light shine through. The body of the earring is Fine Silver stacked and then carved back into ‘terrain’ style topography. The undulations of the silver catch the light at different angles just like the facets of the Sunstones to make glimmering art for your ears.
Red Moss Agate is rare enough to find in this crimson color from Central Oregon. The luminous blue-green tinted agate sends these right over the top for unique beauty. Set in Fine Silver that has been layered into custom ‘sheet metal’ to work with, the topography has been carved into the pieces by hand. As they change direction with your every move, they glimmer as light finds new highlights on their undulating terrain.
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.
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With Sun(stone) in my eyes and love in my heart, these gems are amazing!
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Breaking Rocks for Beautiful Gems
Rhyolite: Gemstones from lava flow.