Small Leaves and Stacking Stones Earrings

April Ottey

Small Leaves and Stacking Stones Earrings

Beach stones are stacked atop a Manzanita leaf that has been cast in sterling silver. The cast silver enhances the intricate veining of the leaves.

The round leaves of Manzanita trees are spellbinding—gorgeous and tactile, sturdy but delicate. And yet, the leaves are usually the least admired aspect of these strange trees. The Manzanita’s bell-shaped flowers and berries are edible and sweet; its reddish, peeling bark is singularly striking; its twisted branches are so unique that florists commonly incorporate them into centerpieces. But on my California road trip up the coast last year, it was this little round, veiny leaf of the Manzanita that stole my attention.


Note that the stones may vary slightly from the ones you see here.



Materials: recycled sterling silver and beach stones

Finish: oxidized

Total earring length: 2 1/4”

Leaf size: 3/4” x 1/2”

Ear wire backs

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.