Long Myrtlewood Leaves on Large Hoop Earrings by April Ottey
The Myrtlewood is a tree that goes by many names, but it thrives in only one area—the beautiful coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest. One of its names—the California bay—hints at just how much these leaves resemble culinary bay leaves. But fresh Myrtlewood leaves have a peppery aroma all their own and were often used by Native American tribes as medicine.
I love the perfect angularity of these leaves. Once I cast them in sterling silver, I discovered they are the perfect size and shape for earrings! They seem to look great on everyone. Because of how lightweight they are, I find them quite comfortable. And it’s fun to wear a little piece of the pacific coast, which is surely one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Material: recycled sterling silver
Earring length: 3.5”
Leaf charm: 2.5” long, 1.125” wide
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.