Sea urchin disk with beach stone in bezel necklace
Sea urchin disk with beach stone in bezel necklace

April Ottey

Sea Urchin Disk with Beach Stone in Bezel Necklace

A bezel-set beach stone dangles from a textured sea urchin disc. The pendant hangs on a 20” sterling silver chain with a lobster clasp. Note that each beach stone is unique and will vary slightly from the one in the picture.
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.  



Material: recycled sterling silver
Finish: oxidized
Chain Length: 20”
Pendant Length: 2.5"
Stone size:  1" x 1 3/4"

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.