Okhotsk Earrings

Designer: Ariana Boussard-Riefel
Materials: Bronze
Dimensions: Each earring, 3.75 x 1.5"

The abstract disc forms of the Okhot earring call to mind pomegranates, smoothed and tightened by the sun. This magical fruit has inspired jewelry design from Moorish Spain to the American Southwest. This substantial earring can be made lighter for daytime wear though an easy hook conversation that removes the bottom pendant.
  • A substantial earring with an evening weight
  • The bottom pendant can be taken off and on for a shorter/ lighter earring
  • Both silver and bronze have sterling ear wires

About the Designer:

For Ariana Boussard-Reifel, designing jewelry is the natural evolution of a life-long interest in form and early human adornment. She grew up on a ranch in Montana, the daughter of an artist mother and a furniture designer father, and later moved to New York to pursue a career in the arts. Her sculptures have been shown at museums and galleries nationally including the Museum of Art and Design and Pierogi Gallery, both in NYC. 

Ariana’s work speaks to multiple generations of women and has been worn by celebrities from Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner to Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin, and Michelle Obama.

Jewelry Care: 

The high copper content in brass can cause it to darken over time. This is primarily due to a reaction to water and humidity. Some people, depending on their personal PH balance, experience a green coloring to the skin when it comes in contact with brass. This is perfectly safe and is again due to copper, think of it the Stature of Liberty Effect. If you prefer to avoid the dark patina to the metal, try to keep your brass as dry as possible. Don't swim in it and dry it after washing your hands. In humid climates keep the brass in an airtight container or bag with a piece of chalk to absorb moisture.  For a bright shine, it is easiest to use a commercial polish like Brasso to restore your piece to its original luster. You can also soak the jewelry in ketchup. The acid in the tomato will help to remove tarnish.

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