Everyday Sea Urchin Hoop Earrings

April Ottey

Everyday Sea Urchin Hoop Earrings

These easy, comfortable hoops are cast from the texture of a sea urchin shell. The delicate repeating pattern gives these simple earrings just the right amount of drama. If you’re the kind of person who wears small hoops daily, these are for you.

If you’ve ever spent time padding barefoot along a beach seeking seashells, then you probably know the singular glee of discovering a sea urchin shell. With the sand between your toes and the sound of ocean waves breaking in your ears, you probably weren’t thinking about the rich history we share with these shells—how people have treasured them for centuries and have worn them as protective amulets since medieval times. Of course, I didn’t know any of that in my early beach-combing days. All I knew was that whenever I was lucky enough to find one, I couldn’t stop running my fingers over its bumpy surface or staring at its symmetrical, otherworldly patterns. Now that I’ve figured out a way to uniquely adapt sea urchin shells to my silver casting process, I’ve fallen in love with that amazing texture all over again.


Details:
Material: recycled sterling silver
Finish: oxidized
Size: 3/4" x 3/4"
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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. 

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