Life’s a Beach. Do you and your BFF share happy memories of a childhood beach vacation? Ever wish you could return to your tropical honeymoon retreat? A jewelry company called Dune Jewelry Designs helps you preserve your seaside memories with collectible beach jewelry that encapsulates actual sand from your favorite beach.
With over 1,600 samples of sand in their “sandbank,” Dune Jewelry creates one-of-a-kind rings, bracelets, pendants, cufflinks, and key chains. Just pick out a piece in sterling silver or metal and select your favorite beach destination from their list (I ordered one from Naples, Florida, and one from Shelter Island, New York). If you don’t find your beach on their roster, you can send your own sand sample and Dune Jewelry will turn it into a custom keepsake. From $40 to the mid-$100s, it’s a terrific gift idea.
Classic Shell Earrings. The Turbo Shell Earring by famed jewelry designer Seaman Schepps combines beautiful natural shells with 18k yellow gold and gemstone accents. One of the most widely copied earrings in the world, the original Turbo clip-on has been worn by Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and the Duchess of Windsor, among other fashion icons. These high-end beach jewelry styles are available from $3,000 at Seaman Schepps and fine jewelers nationwide. “Previously enjoyed” earrings are often featured on 1stdibs.com.
Surf’s Up. Going strong since the ‘60s,the cotton or woven friendship bracelet is a beach jewelry favorite. I love this one from Aurelie Bidermann, adorned with a shell and just a touch of silver. Its everyday elegance defies the handmade look, and the reasonable price makes it the perfect summer weekend hostess gift.
Here’s to an endless summer…and Happy Father’s Day to all our OBJ Dads!