The Ozone is a gallery that doubles as a jewelry studio where Karen Britt creates hand made 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 jewelry piece is a unique and artistic statement.
Contemporary Tribal shapes and stones for your wearing pleasure:
Moss Agate often occurs with green dendrites but this stone displays crimson trees growing through white and blue ribbons of fortifications with Quartz Druzy Crystals glimmering in the upper right corner. The drop stone is a 5mm plum, blue, and clear Rhyolite gem flanked with hammered Sterling Silver beam. Part of the Contemporary Tribal body of work, this piece has modern lines with hand hewn, ancient style.
A clear Moss Agate triangle with evergreen branches is nestled in a hand hewn, hammered open sided triangle. Balancing the angles is a 5mm Moss Agate circle with intense green dendrites. A collision of two bodies of work, the music of Polyphony meets the Contemporary Tribal, this piece hearkens back to the feeling of ancient times with fresh appeal.
A Carnelian Agate happens when available minerals in the ‘silicate soup' tint the agate ruby red. Both of these gems, born of Blue Bed Thunder Egg, show Carnelian swirling through hot shades of agate and Rhyolite. The 5mm and 10mm stones are set in Fine Silver with complimenting hammered Sterling Silver and Copper for warmth and contrast.
Two stones out of the Blue Bed Thunder Eggs that are wonderful ‘not blue’ colors. Pink was the fun score of the day and the top stone boasts Pink Common Opal and clear Agate. The bottom stone is a gorgeous blend of pinks through yellow and green marbled together like rainbow Sherbet Common Opal. Set in an asymmetrical balance of Fine Silver, Sterling Silver (hammered for texture), and warm Copper, this Tribal Contemporary piece stands out with unique style.
From the Blue Bed, I personally pulled this Thunder Egg out of the ground in Central Oregon. Varying colors of blue tint through black and clear Agate swirl around the interior of this beautiful gemstone. The drop 5mm stone is also Thunder Egg with fortification lines running through it. A fine silver setting with an open back allows this piece plenty of glow.
Tiny evergreen threads of ‘moss’ (green dendrites) trace through a clear agate with wisps of clouds in the fortification layers. A 4mm plum Rhyolite with white agate inclusion hangs above in complimenting colors. Fine and Sterling Silver complete the setting for this dainty pendant with a contemporary dual bail holding onto the Greek leather cord.
Quartz Crystals contained inside the white and blue tinted Agate, flanked by the plum colored Rhyolite, cascade down the face of the Oregon native stone like so many of its waterfalls. Above, a Crystal Opal illuminates the scene like the moon. Contemporary curves in Fine and Sterling Silver hint at Art Deco inspiration while commanding style with simplicity.
Jewelry often feels poetic, as a good haiku composition, and sometimes musical as well. This piece contains not only an allegory for the layers of the land and banks of the streams but the sounds of the earth in concert. A Pink Common Opal from a Thunder Egg from Central Oregon starts the measure off with a high note as Fine and Sterling pebbles mark off rhythm. A Deep wine colored Marcasite Plume Agate floats as the central key while a striated Red/Blue Thunder Egg adds a touch of base to the phrase.
A Dendritic Agate with the deepest of Crimson inclusions is embraced by Sterling and Fine Silver topped with Thunder Egg common Opal. The ‘Moss Agate’ has delicate tendrils of varying colors of red tracing through clear and blue tinted Agate. The Thunder Egg gem on top is Pink Common Opal with fortification striations of faint red and clear. This ‘Embrace’ style pendant hearkens to an earlier body of work that is well worth revisiting.
Agates have such a huge variety of characteristics due to the way they are formed. In this case, this ‘Tube Agate’ formed striations of red minerals coursing through the clear and blue tinted agate like lighting through the air. A unique specimen of Eastern Oregon Agate, this gem deserved an ‘Embrace’ style setting in Sterling Silver so the entire stone can be observed and enjoyed.
Elements are presented in contemporary fashion for your finger here. A sleek rectangular Angel Wing Plume Agate represents the waves lapping at a dark, 5mm chocolate and ebony Petrified Wood Agate like the Oregon beaches reaching the Sitka forests. A hammered Keum Boo sun oversees it all from the open 18 gauge Sterling Silver band of the ring. The ban splits into to limbs that hold the Fine Silver setting for the gemstones.
Lava flow spared no excitement in these little gems. Two 5mm plum, mint, and mauve swirled Rhyolite cabs are embraced by fine silver while sitting on top of copper with a fine silver ‘bubble’ right below. Dainty and dazzling, they swing from your ears by way of Sterling Silver drops and earring wires. Part of the ‘Kites’ body of work, these are ready to take flight with any outfit.
The texture of hammered Sterling Silver gives these unique hoops some serious flash. Plum through Mauve Rhyolite 5mm gems float effortlessly in the circle hanging from your ear with Sterling Silver earring wires. Contemporary simplicity with an industrial, hand hewn edginess, these pair well with any daytime or nighttime outfits.