Hinged Hemlock Cones

April Ottey

Hinged Hemlock Cones

John Muir—the naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club—once wrote of the hemlock tree: 


“I wish I had space to write more of the surpassing beauty of this favorite spruce… The deer love to lie down beneath its spreading branches; bright streams from the snow that is always near ripple through its groves…But the best words only hint its charms.”


Hemlock trees grow well in shade where other trees often struggle, thriving in the understory of the forest, until at last they grow taller than the trees around them. They are majestic trees, and their cones have a lovely angular shape.


I cast these hemlock cones in silver and hung them from hinged hoops. The hinges give these earrings great movement.  2 1/4" length. 



Material: recycled sterling silver

Finish: oxidized

 Length: 2 1/4" inches 

Earring Type: Dangle/drop

Hook backs

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.