Like the faun at birth, the dark star, and the turquoise nugget, growth takes many forms. Yet each physical element is also the result of a process that, like the trilobite, maybe 10,000 years in the making. Designed from naturally-shed antlers and other materials without harm to any living thing, Feral Jewelry invites an opportunity to wear your expression of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and acknowledge the animals that migrate along the cliff band and inhabit the forests. Taken together, Feral Jewelry melds the wilderness with our own, or someone we love, inner wild. Visit the Feral website to stand gracefully apart this holiday season.
There is mysticism in the air for those willing to look skyward and drink it in. Constellations took form in the same manner, first identified by individuals who weren’t afraid to sift the stars through their imaginations, to see the gods where others saw nothing. The Zodiac Collection draws inspiration from the seers among us, those who know our story before we say a word. This collection begins with Aries, a stunning onyx ram displaying 18k horns. From the ram we continue into the calendar, finding our true selves where we were looking all along.
eral animals are more intriguing than domestic pets, wild at heart, and willing to take risks to maintain their existence within an environment they know better than any other individual. But Susan Oster didn’t name her creative designs “Feral” in homage to a wild animal, she chose to brand her inspired jewelry in reference to her personal untamed experience living in the woods after running away as a child. She continues to draw inspiration from nature’s foundation, a belief that undomesticated creativity produces brilliance.
Susan has always danced with a feral spirit within the tame world, studying at Carnegie Mellon, working as a pioneer in cable television during its NYC infancy, securing a UCLA degree in interior design that resulted in a 20-year career. When her banker, having seen a sketch she’d made of jewelry, encouraged her to follow her passion, she returned to the proverbial woods to gather, not just inspiration, but materials like naturally-shed moose antlers and fossilized wood. As the name suggests, Feral Jewelry doesn’t attempt to tame the wild inherent in her design, each piece breaths freely within its own element, whether the wearer is roaming the woods or the runway.
Feral Jewelry Designer Offers the Wild Side
Antler Crown Ring
Shed Moose Bangles
Top: Bling Spike Ring Bottom: A Thousand Forests
The Zodiac Collection
The Forest Collection
The Starry Night Collection
The Native Inspiration Collection
Ebony Star Drops
Gold Vine and Thorn Bracelet
Not surprisingly, the Forest Collection represented Feral’s foray into the exclusively, hand-designed jewelry market. Four Spike Rings represent the essence of the collection, as a series formed of sterling and gold rings pierced with spikes that include antlers to 4 carats of diamonds. Antlers form a consistent theme throughout the Forest Collection as well, suggesting fire in the Antler Crowned Ring as diamonds climb to embrace a AAA oversized Tiger’s Eye Cabachon. Diamonds also shine against the grain of the Crown Shed Moose Bangle, each piece shaped from a naturally-shed moose antler. To survive in the wilderness, one must move against the grain, take chances with every step. The many styles of Thorn Bangle and Thorn Hoops demand the same boldness from the wearer. The forest’s perpetual renewal is also at play in this collection, a manifestation of when Susan witnessed the birth of a faun one morning as a young girl.
The juxtaposition of silver or gold against black has long represented the apotheosis of exclusive pairings, a formal yet understated air of perfect balance. The Starry Night Collection glistens with diamonds set against onyx and gold, without losing Feral’s commitment to geologic time. The Trilobite Pendant and Real Scarabs earrings encase fossilized trilobites, one of the earliest-known arthropods, long-extinct, in 18k gold frame and a diamond ring respectively. The Ebony Claw Button earrings, Ebony Crystal Ring, and Ebony Cuff further the precise conversation between darkness and light.
Native Inspirations turn the dark sky brilliantly blue with natural turquoise and sleeping beauty naturally embraced by understated diamonds. Rather than force the sleeping beauty into position, the diamonds adapt to form unique shapes that shimmer breaking a bronco within the corral or seated in the orchestra to hear a choral recital. The step-daughter of a Cree father, Susan sustains her feral freedoms here, the absence of discernable pattern in the Sundance Earrings suggests a wild aura to 5 carats of diamonds set in silver surrounding turquoise.
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