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.
Delighting in the rippling texture of carved Sterling Silver:
I’ve never met a desert thunder storm I didn’t like. This Blue Bed, Richardson’s Thunder Egg seems to contain a mini landscape of rolling hills and a stormy red sky with billowing clouds. The land in the scape are fortification lines and botryoidal undulations in varying layers of dark blue Agate and clear. Carved Fine Silver revealing copper lies below resembling flood plane. The sky scene is created from Agate mixing with the Common Opal like the sun going down on a super cell.
Maroon/Plum Rhyolite 4mm domes bubble on top of undulating Fine Silver lava flow with Copper undertones. Fine Silver is layered on top of Copper then carved to create the folds and flow of lava with the Copper showing through from below. A high polish makes the metals seem liquid and molten. These hot little asymmetrical numbers hang from your ears by Sterling Silver Earring Wires.
A striated Thunder Egg Agate from the Blue Bed in Central Oregon has blush colored Agate like the sun rising over Rhyolite hills and Common Opal clouds above. The upper stone is a 5mm Plume Agate with red, pink, and clear like that morning sun. The desert is carved from Sterling Silver over Copper and the stones are set in Fine Silver.
Just East of the Steens Mountains, a great thunder was heard. It was the Mega Volcano that tossed lava and minerals all over the area for us to find. This little Thunder Egg is a perfect example of the red and purple Rhyolite, dark metallic materials, blue tinted Agate, and Druzy Quartz all coming together. Above it sits a 5mm Tube Agate containing red striations of mineral.
This Cairn, or stack of stones, features a special Thunder Egg Agate on top. It looks clear but picks up different hues of the spectrum to appear tinted. Below that is a carved piece of Sterling Silver revealing Copper underneath. The next stone is a very detailed Marcasite Plume Agate that looks like a meteor shower of red shooting stars. At the bottom of the stack another Marcasite Plume Agate boasts both a bit of Angel Wing white and a streak of sparkling black Marcasite.
A juicy Bing Cherry Red Moss Agate sits high atop a gem stone stack or Cairn. Multicolored Plume Agate featuring green, pink, white and red teeters above a 5mm Angel Wing Plume Agate. These balance deeply carved Sterling Silver revealing Copper underneath. All stones are set in Fine Silver and backed with a Sterling and Copper base.
Born of intense heat within the volcanic activity of Oregon, these 3 beautiful gems were formed. Maroon Rhyolite congealed from lava flow, Pink Common Opal Thunder Egg started as a lava bubble, and Angel Wing Plume Agate grew in a fissure between basalt flows. Set in Fine Silver, they gather around a Sterling Silver flow that reveals the warmth of Copper in its undulating waves.
Some stones just beg to be together. These gems together tell the story of flights above and flows below in their stone stack called a Cairn. A maroon and blue tinted Thunder Egg Agate sports crazing of rainbow Quartz in its middle. Flying above, an Angel Wing Plume Agate shows what intensity and time in the volcanic cradle did for it with flurries of white soaring through clear agate. On top, an old stock Australian Bolder Opal flashes with all the pure hues the Earth can imagine. All three stones, set in Fine Silver and trimmed in Sterling Silver, born of volcanic activity displaying elements of its powerful nature.
Moss Agate doesn’t just come in green, it comes in all the colors of the rainbow (though I haven’t seen blue). These Central Oregon Moss Agates are densely ‘mossed’ with varying colors of red, gold, orange, and green. The over all effect is a gorgeous neutral stone that picks of tones of your hair, skin, eyes, and other natural features. These are special metals too; heated and hammered Fine Silver and Copper together until they’re almost seamlessly married.
An Agate Limb Cast is the memory of an ancient tree’s limb as preserved by agate (typically in a series of volcanic events and time). In this case, the texture of the bark can be seen at the bottom of the stone, green minerals bloom in the center, and a Druzy Quartz cave makes this unique blue-green tinted Agate glitter from within. A Sterling and Fine Silver embrace frames the gem and its interesting history.
Loving the lightweight dangle design with another hammered, mixed metal pair. These flash with the warm glow of copper that hold Angel Wing Plume Agates in Fine Silver. A Fine Silver sphere balances the warm tones and brings the triad of neutrals into a blend that will go with any outfit. Sterling Silver drops and earring wires dangle these ornaments from your ears with style.
Hammered Copper throws a warm glow behind these intricate 5mm Plume Agates. From the high desert of Eastern Oregon, these plumes meander through warm neutrals contrasted by dark dendritic inclusions. Set in Fine Silver, the contrasts continue with the Sterling Silver dangles and Sterling earring wires.