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.
Sculpted Silver, Flowing Metals:
Thunder Eggs always seem to serve up the best little landscapes. This midnight blue Thunder Egg Agate has detailed fortification lines with common agate tonal changes and, the best part, druzy where the stone is the darkest. It looks like a scene peering through the mouth of a cave to the water and a sparkling midnight starry sky above. A Fine Silver sculpted, free form setting holds the gem while a split, two to one 18 gauge Sterling Silver band holds this landscape to your size 9.5 finger.
Moss Agate occurs in a multitude of colors, especially greens. This piece is more like ‘lichen agate’ with it’s gracefully light hues and shapes within the clear agate. The perfect pairing is a similarly colored 5mm Green Petrified Wood cabochon displaying an emerald green striation of wood against mint ice cream green. These forest stones are stacked with sculpted Fine Silver suggesting the wind through the trees tipping the stone balance.
This Moss Agate is like fire and ice; the dendrites are deep crimson and the surrounding agate is blueish white. The 5mm stone is set in Fine Silver with sculpted Fine Silver in an abstracted blaze design. The 18 gauge Sterling Silver band wraps asymmetrically from high to low for a striking addition to any size 7 finger.
These juicy, round Moss Agates feature emerald green dendrites swimming through clear agate. Their Fine Silver settings are left open so that the stones may glow with back-lighting when worn. The Fine Silver is also sculpted into ripples to catch and reflect light in flowing movement. These wonderful gems flash from your ears by way of Sterling Silver earring wires.
There are so many colors in this Moss Agate, I wouldn’t know what to call it! Along with the usual gorgeous greens, there are reds, peach and pinks, wine, white, yellows and more in an incredible earthy dance. On top of the stack, a wine colored Thunder Egg Agate and on the bottom, an Angel Wing Plume Agate.
From the Blue Bed in Central Oregon, the dark blue to almost black agate has a deep, beautiful glow. This 5mm stone seems to contain the density of the midnight sky yet one can appreciate its translucency. Set in Fine Silver, this stone is neutral enough to go with everything in your wardrobe, making it a great every day piece. The 18 gauge Sterling Silver band is left open to fit a size 8-8.5 finger.
From the depths of the Earth (and the Blue Bed), Agate the color of midnight took thousands or millions of nights to fill a lava bubble. Fortification lines bend, swirl and stack through the clear agate lined with Rhyolite. They hang like stop motion droplets in Fine Silver from your ears by Sterling Silver earring wires.
Some of the most unusual Moss Agate that I’ve ever seen comes out of the center of Oregon. This delightful piece has cherry red dendrites alternating with blue tinted Agate. Like impressionist painting, when the eye mixes the two, purple emerges and plays with the Amethyst’s color below it. An Angel Wing Plume Agate hovers atop the stack while Fine Silver spheres complete the balancing act.
Purple is so gorgeous and so hard to get from natural stones in Oregon. Fortunately, this Amethyst and Holly Blue Agate came out to play from ‘Friend Stock’ (stones from friends). From Washington, the Amethyst flows like ombre’ from light to deep purple. The Holly Blue Agate from Oregon looks lavender in inside light and blue-toned in outside light (see pic 1 and 3). To contrast the lovely hues, a 4mm white Angel Wing Plume Agate finishes the composition below with Fine Silver Spheres.
What a surprise, a heart of stone! A Thunder Egg from the far South Eastern reaches of Oregon contained this gorgeous Jasper-Agate with varying hues of reds and earthy purple tones. The best part is the triangle of white fortification lines at the top delineating the heart shape. The jewel atop this crown is a lavender Holly Blue Agate with the whole ensemble set in Fine Silver.
A circular Agate, the color of blue-lavender fog hangs over a Thunder Egg Landscape like the full Moon. Downward striations in the Thunder Egg mimic a cloudburst that meet an undulating fortified terrain. Subtle hues of blues and earth-tones are contrasted by white Common Opal. Backlit, the details show through both stones that are left open backed in their Fine and Sterling Silver settings.
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.
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.