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Dune Jewelry: Wear Sand from Your Favorite Beach Vacation

For all tourists, bringing home souvenirs from your latest trip is a must, a small token of their escape from their regular lives to a new destination. Souvenirs evoke memories of the fun-filled days spent relaxing on the beach, eating new cuisines, and enjoying new views, especially if the vacation was to somewhere tropical. While many may grab t-shirts, handmade pottery, and seashells, many may wish to take a bit more from their favorite destination, a keepsake that will last. In comes Dune Jewelry with a beautiful and memorable option to carry the memories from your favorite destination with you.

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Some of my favorite and most memorable vacation spots boast the most beautiful beaches, this includes the island where I was born, here many of family members still reside, and Oprah selected as her favorite, the island of St. Lucia. It’s been years since I’ve enjoyed the wonderful beaches of St. Lucia, but thanks to Dune Jewelry, and it’s founder and designer, Holly Daniels Christensen, I’ll carry a piece of the island of my birth with me wherever I go.  You see, Dune Jewelry is the original beach sand jewelry company. With their unique and priceless handmade jewelry pieces, you can create a personalized jewelry keepsake of your special travel memory with jewelry filled with sand from your favorite destination. Because sand varies in size and color and comes in a vast array of colors and textures, adding it to your jewelry gives your piece a distinctive appearance.

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Some of our favorite pieces include the Regatta Ring, Sandollar Necklace, and Inlet Cuff Bracelet. The Boston-based jewelry manufacturer gives you the choice of selecting beach sand from their Sandbank, which offers a worldwide selection of over 2500 beach sands and locations, spanning all seven continents, or you have the option to send in your own sand! Dune has jewelry and accessories for both men and women and the pieces are sophisticated, chic and stylish enough to wear to work and evenings out.

So if you’re looking for a way to celebrate the memory of your childhood home, favorite girls or guys getaway, a romantic vacation, or your honeymoon, with Dune Jewelry, you will always have that travel beach memory. All of Dune’s pieces are made in the US and have a lifetime warranty. Each piece comes with care instructions and information on the sand enclosed. What’s more amazing, Dune Jewelry makes a quarterly donation from portions of every purchase made online to various coastal preservation organizations. To purchase your favorite piece, visit www.dunejewelry.com, and various retail stores nationwide.

Happiness is Handmade: Accessories from The Artisan Group

We were going to highlight the handcrafted accessories items in this post for Valentine’s Day but then we realized, these beauties could and should be worn every day, so we decided to highlight them as such because you shouldn’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to give or receive a beautiful gift. We once again bring you the unique pieces from the artisans of The Artisan Group, stunning jewelry, and one or two bath products that work very well as gift all year ’round.
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  1. Kim Jakum Designs – a sweet necklace with single five-petaled, fine silver flower, accented with a gorgeous 3mm, blue spinel gemstone that sits on a stamped silver bar. Two words come to mind when looking at this piece – sweet, and charming.
  2. Of Nature Designs – this stunning necklace features vintage and recycled materials. We love the pop of turquoise color against the copper, and the addition of the crystal as a pendant.
  3. 2 Little P’s – love the texture of this uber-romantic Tree Bark Heart Necklace made from precious metal clay and pure fine silver on an oxidized sterling silver ball chain. Since these darling pieces are made by hand, one at a time, no two will feature the same design.
  4. Simpli Stamped – not only is this pretty Blood:Water Mission charity Necklace charming in its simplicity, it also benefits a great cause. 50% of the purchase price will be donated to Blood: Water Mission and help change lives
  5. Seth Papac Jewelry – sometimes an androgynous piece sets the right tone for a look. We love this Torn Inside Circle Pendant for this unisex appeal, rugged aesthetic, and modern artistic feel.
  6. Vitrine – we love the elegance and femininity of this Druzy Drop Pendant Necklace and how it adds softness to the textured stone. The eye-catching druzy stone hangs from a lightly textured, 14K goldfilled stick, and delicate gold chain.

 

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  1. Creations Made by Lola – we were introduced to Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese form of braiding materials through pieces like this Queen Of Hearts Kumihimo Bracelet. The bracelet is made with Czech glass crystal beads in shades of red, black, and white, finished with a silver plated swirl clasp or an antique silver toggle clasp.
  2. Olivü 426 – people fall in love every day, so it doesn’t have to be Feb 14th to enjoy the benefits of the Falling in Love Gift Box. Make every date night special with this set which includes a massage oil (blended with rose petals), classic lip balm in Cupids Kiss (a blend of strawberries and champagne), and hand-poured goats milk soap.
  3. Dune Jewelry – have you ever been to a beach so beautiful that you wanted to take it with you everywhere you go? Provide your own sand or have Dune do it for you and create a stunning piece like this lovely Silver Plated Sandollar Bracelet, which is set on a spring hinged cuff bracelet, filled with your choice of sand & polished to a final domed finish.
  4. Bizzy Fizz – it may look like dessert, but this cute, heart-shaped, He Love Me fizzy bath treat will make you feel delicious. It is packed with shimmer, rose petals, milk powder, and topped with a real rose bud, just what you need to feel loved, and smell decadent.
  5. Carol Raeburn Jewelry – if you’re looking for handcrafted jewelry made with natural gemstones, you’ll love this designer. These dainty Golden Amber Earrings boasts natural rainbow moonstone, Baltic Amber, and gold-filled beads and findings.
  6. Karla Wheeler Designs – we love this All You Need is Love copper etched cuff because we can rock it as an everyday piece. To get its unusual look, it’s been darkened with liver of sulfur, sanded for contrast and treated with Renaissance Wax to protect the color. A great piece every day of the year.
We continue to be wowed by the talent and passion of the artisans from The Artisan Group. We appreciate the fact that because these pieces are handmade, we can be sure to own beautiful, unique pieces. So if you’re in the market for a gift for someone special, whether it be Valentine’s day, birthdays, etc, start with these designers.