Sonya Ooten Aquamarine Studded Hoop Earrings with Briolette Drops in 14K Gold. French hook style for pierced ear comfort.
Sonya creates her jewels by hand using techniques passed down through generations, literally, and is widely recognized as the leader in hand crocheted jewelry. As a young girl, her Great Gramma Alice taught her Native American beading & weaving techniques while Sonya visited her on the Colville Confederated Tribes Reservation in Northern Washington State. When she was five years old, Sonya's Grandmother Julia, an Eastern Eurpoean émigré, gave Sonya her first crochet needle and introduced her to the arts of crochet & tatting. Sonya's formal fabrication training began in 1986 at the renowned jewelry & metalworking laboratories at Dartmouth College. She went on to study advanced silversmithing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she was represented in several galleries. Sonya continues to draw deeply from both her Native American ancestry & European roots while designing each of her collections.