I mentioned in my last article that going back to basics just wasn’t working in this economy. But here on Marco Island or Southwest Florida, for that matter, the love of basic sea life jewelry hasn’t wavered. (No pun intended.)
The love of the ocean is why people flock here. Those who visit for the first time are amazed by the beauty of the beaches and the joy of living life by the shore. Personally, I was astounded by the abundant fish and wildlife that the Ten Thousand Islands offer.
My first years here were spent on the beach sketching ocean scenes and the critters that dwell there, and I kept coming up with ideas and designs that could be created into unique but wearable jewelry.
That was 18 years ago, and many of the hundreds of sketches and designs became reality, The most popular is my now famous ‘Marco Bracelet’ consisting of kissing dolphins in two tone precious metal.
Dolphins have always fascinated me and when recreated in gold or silver or combinations of both, sales were huge for these most loved sea creatures.
I don’t leave out the other wondrous and seemingly endless sea life. Some years, manatee jewelry is number one, other years, it’s the pelican. One constant seller, year in and out, is the sand dollar.
I create pieces in gold or silver and the ladies enjoy them as rings, earrings, pendants, charms, bracelets, anklets and even belly button rings!
The simplest designs are created by Mother Nature. The lines are clean and easy on the eyes.
Beside my own designs, Iam privileged to carry sea life jewelry lines from other designers such as Denny Wong from Hawaii and Steven Douglas, a California artisan.
My most prolific line is Kabana Jewelry. They are an American Company that has been making animal and sea life jewelry for decades in gold and sterling silver.
There is also jewelry for the nautical enthusiasts on the island, that please both sailors and “stink potters” (engine propelled boaters) alike. The pieces they like involve propellers, anchors, sailors’ knot rings and bracelets.
I don’t want to leave out the indigenous birds, such as eagles, blue herons, even burrowing owls. Fishermen enjoy sterling and gold pendants portraying snook, redfish and sea bass. One piece displays all three, known as a “Gulf Grand Slam” when they catch all three in one day.
I have created pendants and bracelets with rope or fish hook designs. The demand for turtle jewelry is by far my overall most requested sea life creature. A favorite item is a mother and baby turtle pendant, but in reality once a turtle hatchling leaves the nest and makes it to the Gulf, they are sadly on their own.
The overall pleasure customers experience once they find and adorn that special sea life piece speaks for itself. Take home a piece of paradise…..Sea life jewelry!
Richard Alan is a designer/master goldsmith with over forty years of experience creating fine jewelry and is the owner of The Harbor Goldsmith at his new location in Island Plaza on Marco Island.
He welcomes your questions about “All That Glitters” at 239-394-9275.