Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beach Vibes: New Work from the Seaside Collection

When the parts and pieces of the Seaside Collection come together it's magic! 

A sterling silver nautilus and sea urchin pair up with a tranquil blue larimar stone, while a star fish and conch shell gather around an amazonite and fossilized coral, resulting in two one of a kind pendants that will have you day dreaming about white sand beaches and crashing waves in no time. 

Black onyx, aventurine, and mother of pearl cabochons nestle in with sterling silver nautiluses to bring a tide pool treasure to the palm (or top) of you hand.

Tiny sea creatures dangling from sterling silver chain will remind you of exploring your favorite tide pool or reef.

And a stark white slice of shell, pale green aventurine stone, and a tiny silver nautilus drum up the long sunny days of summer spent beach-combing and lying in the sun.  

You can check out the available seaside pieces in my Etsy shop.  

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Ocean Treasures: Choosing Stones for the Seaside Collection

When I'm creating new work for the Seaside Collection I think a lot about how I spend my time at the beach whether it be peering into tide-pools taking care not the slip on the rocks or disrupt the abundant life there, slowly strolling up and down the beach with my jeans rolled up above my ankles and waves swirling around my feet as I search for washed up treasures, or laying on the warm sand with a great book with bright blue waters of the Pacific in the distance, the crashing waves, call of the gulls, and warm summer sun, gently lulling me to sleep.

With these moments at the forefront of my mind I select gemstones with colors that mimic wet rocks, warm sand, deep sunsets, cool blue waters, and endless blue sky, and pair them with ocean fossils, and beach-combing finds like beach pottery, sea glass, and shells.

Carnelian, sunstone, and pyrite reflect the rich warmth of a summer sunset. 
Amazonite, aventurine, and larimar mirror cool blue ocean waters and clear summer skies.

Fossilized ammonite, sea urchin, and coral bring to mind white sand beaches and rocky tide pools.

Ocean pottery, sea glass, and beach pebbles call up the fun of discovery,

as well as the power of the surf that tumbled them smooth. 

 You can find available pieces from the Seaside Collection over in my Etsy shop

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ocean Inspiration and the Seaside Collection

 I always look forward to time I can get out to the beach and recharge for a bit. The weather here in Northern California isn't always super cooperative, but even a foggy afternoon can be incredibly beautiful.

Trinidad, Ca
 There is always something to discover along the shore line or in the tide-pools.

Trinidad Tide-pools
Incredibly, you will often find yourself on a long open stretch without another person in sight. The perfect environment for introspection.

 And occasionally the Pacific will bring up something that it's been working on for a very long time.

Samoa Beach, Ca
 When I'm back at the bench, I take all that ocean inspiration and use it to create one of a kind pieces that I hope bring a little bit of seaside charm into everyday life.

Seaside Pendants in Progress

You can check out the available pieces from the Seaside Collection over in my Etsy shop

Thanks for reading!