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.
Thunder on the Wing
The inspiration for these earrings came from negative space and the interplay of form within form. Hoops are a great standard in earrings (I haven’t met a pair of hoops I didn’t like) and here’s a creative offshoot with abstract, asymmetrical shapes that have the feel of birds in flight. Thunder Egg Agate with blush and warm tones swoop into the center of Fine and Sterling Silver that freely dangle from Sterling posts.
Under the Thunder Mountain
An incredibly colorful Thunder Egg Agate with Common Opal and a Druzy Stripe stands tall as the mountain with Thunder Eggs and Silver Stones buried underneath like the way we found them. Set in Fine Silver, Sterling Silver and Copper create the rest of the terrain. SOLD
Hammered Sterling Silver and Copper suspend two 5mm Tube Agates from Thunder Eggs. These Agates have detailed lacing and concentric circles from the way they were formed in neutral, warm hues. Picking up the colors of both metals in their settings, they swing from your ears with hammered Fine and Sterling Silver posts.
Rhyolite is a mixture of minerals brought together in the heat of volcanic events. This Rhyolite raindrop varies in hue from pastel green-blue to eggplant with silicate windows. Found near the base of the Steens mountains, the colors mimic the sage scrub and the towering mountains in the desert. The lower stone is Thunder Egg tube agate with neutral tone concentric bulls-eye. This sweet cloudburst is set in Fine Silver with Fine Silver ball raindrops, Sterling Silver bail and clasp. SOLD
These Druzy Quartz Crystals grew in an ancient bubble bath, a lava bubble bath at that. Swirls of eggplant, maroon, mauve and warm tones lap the blue-green, clear and white edges of the Agate and Quartz. This meeting of the Thunder Egg ‘yolk’ and the shell is called Rhyolite and I think its dynamite. A 4mm blue tinted Thunder Egg Agate and Fine Silver balls add more bubbles for a splash of fun. SOLD
Another in the Polyphonic body of work, this piece is based on asymmetry and the balance therein. A delicately lined triangular Thunder Egg Agate varies through the spectrum in subtle tints and tonalities. A dark blue Thunder Egg Agate represents the depth of the range, a blue marcasite and orange Plume Agate and a clear/white agate with black flecks represents the mid and high. SOLD
Inspired by Polyphonic music, this piece ‘feels’ the co-mingling notes, tempos, and harmonizations. A dark blue Thunder Egg Agate with clear and light shades is set backless to admire the clarity of the gem. A mid-tone blue-gray Thunder Egg Agate balances a clear, tinted blue agate in this triad. Fine Silver and Sterling Silver bring this composition together. SOLD
Imagine a convergence of high notes playing in the timing of their dispensation firmly grounded by rich bass. The Crimson Plume Agate with druzy quartz heart is that bass from whence the Pink and White Thunder Egg Agate/Common Opal stones project. Swinging Sterling bars hold Copper warmth like a whispered echo of the crescendo. SOLD
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. See More/Purchase
For a smaller, dainty stone, this gem has it all; dark Plumes at the bottom are contrasted by white plumes at the top with intervening clear to milky agate in the middle. It is set backless to let the light shine through or the color that you are wearing come through the stone. Set in Fine Silver and 23.5k Keum Boo Gold, this little charm has powerful style impact. SOLD
Plume Agates with a glowing sunny hue float on black patina amid the undulating Sterling Silver Wave. Did their energy start the wave or was it the warm, copper energy on the other side? Hammered Copper, Sterling, Fine Silver and Plume Agate bring you this act in the 'Big Play'. More/Purchase
The starry night is lit by twin agates with both moss and thunder egg inclusions. Night is summoned by dark patina drawn on the copper sky with engraved stars shining through. Fine silver mountains in the foreground engraved then darkened with patina set the dreamy night-time scene. See More/Purchase