Tentacle Earrings in Sterling Silver with Black Patina

By Natalie Reed Fine Jewelry, Natalie Reed



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A few years ago, during a visit to the Boston aquarium for my birthday, I got the chance to observe a beautiful purple octopus. While it’s sad to see such a creature confined in a small space, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the way she moved. Like a dance, she glided slowly around her tank, twisting her tentacles through the water. The octopus is one of the ocean’s most mysterious creatures. With over 300 species, it is among the most intelligent of all invertebrates. After witnessing this magic I knew I had to turn that natural beauty into a piece of jewelry. These earrings were hand carved in wax, each suction cup individually applied and refined. They were cast using the lost wax process and cast in sterling silver. After cleaning up the imperfections and applying a stippled texture, I apply a black patina and polish back the high points to shine silver, increasing the depth of the texture. To special order earrings in gold, platinum, or with some gemstones of your choice, please visit nataliereedfinejewelry.com.

Metal/precious (Sterling Silver)

.25 x .75 inches

About the artist

Natalie is based in Minot, Maine where she has her home studio and lives with her two cats. As a child, she spent many afternoons beachcombing and adventuring on Vinalhaven’s rocky coast, and began collecting sea glass, unusual rocks, urchins, and shells. She has always had a deep love for the ocean, with its power and mystery always drawing her back. In 2009 Natalie began her degree at Maine College of Art in Portland where she quickly discovered she could combine her two passions: jewelry and the ocean. Working her way through college doing construction and lobstering, she majored in metalsmithing and jewelry and graduated in 2013. She visits the beach and her home island as much as possible which always inspires ideas for new designs, pushing her in new directions. In her spare time Natalie enjoys snowboarding, gardening and of course visiting the ocean whenever possible. ...Read MoreRead Less
Media: Metal/precious
Category: Jewelry

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