Imagine cruising down a long interstate at dawn in summer with nothing around except you, blazing red rock formations, the emerging sun, and, of course, your trusty two-wheeler. Using chains and spikes, the Desert Highway displays the full spectrum of colors characterizing the eponymous open road. Orli says, “I wanted to experiment with making earrings that are very long. It turns out that they fall very nicely, and these have such a cool, hard edge.”
Like many of us, Orli has always harbored a fascination with motorcycles. The experience of riding a motorcycle has captured the popular imagination for decades. It encompasses the freedom of movement on the open road and the ability to take in the sights and smells of nature at your own pace. The lone rider on a vast expanse of highway, contemplating the natural world and feeling the profound openness of immense space, is an intriguing and inspiring image. As biker jargon, ironside refers to the parts and detailing comprising the top half of a motorcycle. Orli’s Ironside takes iconic features of motorcycle style, including spikes, chains, and suedes, and presents an elegant collection of chopper-inspired work drawing its aesthetic from the ostentatious costume jewelry of the Eighties, when bigger was always better.