Cherry Tree Bark Band Ring
Cherry tree bark is cast in sterling silver to create this strikingly unusual ring. It is adjustable and incredibly comfortable.
The first thing you might think of when you imagine a cherry tree is its delicate, ephemeral blossoms. You might think of the tart or sweet stone fruit produced by some varieties. Or maybe you think of cherry wood, a favorite among woodworkers. The first thing that comes to mind likely is not the tree’s bark, though I would argue that it’s incredibly underrated!
Cherry bark features unusual holes called lenticels that act as pores for the tree, allowing it to interact directly with the atmosphere. When I was hiking recently, I came upon a fallen cherry branch, and the bark slid into my hand wholly intact! When I cast it, I couldn’t get over how beautifully these holes and the texture of the bark itself translated into silver.
Material: recycled sterling silver
April Ottey is a Port Townsend, WA based jewelry artist whose work explores the transformative power of nature. She focuses on the intricate details of the natural world—the architecture, texture, and shape of natural artifacts—in order to draw attention to the beauty surrounding us that we too often overlook.