Mixed Metal Manzanita Leaf Posts

April Ottey

Mixed Metal Manzanita Leaf Posts

Manzanita leaves are cast in sterling silver and are embellished with 24K fused gold.  These earrings are the perfect balance of earthy and modern. They have post backs and measure 1/2" x 3/4".

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 the little round, veiny leaf of the Manzanita that stole my attention.

Material: recycled sterling silver, 24K fused gold
Finish: oxidized
Size:  1/2" x 3/4"
Post 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.