A O K O S U is a line of handcrafted jewelry designed by Ashley Jerman.
Ashley started drawing creative inspiration from her surroundings in Missoula, Montana where she moved from New York in 2005; eliciting a deeper exploration in her craft. The pristine, glassy lakes found high in the mountains + the craggy terrain are much like the juxtaposition of fine, faceted precious stones and exposed, raw natural materials that Ashley uses in her work.
Some save china + silver for special affairs; Ashley remembers her great grandmother using her finest china and silver cutlery for all types of occasions, whether it was playing cards or drinking sun tea on the back porch. This is how we think about jewelry. To Ashley, A O K O S U jewelry is something like a sacrament, an offering of a talisman to wear and hold sentiment near; something that’s special enough to wear everyday.
Ashley recently moved from Seattle, Washington to Richmond, Virginia, where she lives and works in her studio on an island in the James River. She spends her summers in Montana swimming in rivers + walking through tall wild grasses.