Item: 256AP


Nature Inspired Jewelry, Tamarack Earrings

Bronze & Sterling Silver Jewelry, 5/8" x 3/4", Post


Hardy to the extreme, the Tamarack (also called Larch) is a needle bearing tree, much like a pine tree but with a twist. Every fall it turns a delicious golden color and sheds its silken foliage much like a common deciduous tree. In the winter its branches are bare except for the miniature cones that cling to them. I harvested some of these cones while cross-country skiing. When I decided which one I liked, I carefully coated it with wax and made a rubber mold. Next, I injected liquid wax into the mold and reworked the shape so it would be lighter. The resulting copy became my "master casting". I create a mold of this original to produce multiple waxes, which are then cast into bronze cones. I love working with the bronze as it is almost the exact color of the original cone.

Designing jewelry is my passion.  Wherever I walk, I am always looking for ways to capture the world in a piece of nature inspired jewelry.  I owe my talent as an artist to my maternal grandfather, Erland Waastrom, a Swede who immigrated to this country in the early 20th century. My grandfather was a visual artist. He painted versions of old masters in oils and even recreated the Mona Lisa in pastels! He was also a sculptor and worked in various mediums, including metal and wood.  One time he carved a tree root, capturing the image of an embracing couple beneath a grape arbor.  I believe that I have carried his love of art and creativity forward through my design work.

I design all my earrings with weight in mind and beautiful mixed-metal earrings are no exception. They are very lightweight as the cones are hollowed out on the reverse side.

Additional Tamarack Earring Information

- Matching pieces
- All post earrings come with titanium ear nuts.

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