I love the beach. I love the water. I really want to be a surfer and I really want to learn how to sail. I plan to do both things. But for now in addition to just frolicking in the surf I pick up little shells that I like. Not a ton of shells just little interesting pieces. In fact my full shell collection count since 2005 is four shells.
I spent three years in Kenya working on my Masters thesis in Fashion. This shell was actually just the center of the conch. I loved the sculptural look of the shell. I thought about wearing it on a string but then I realized it made the perfect ring. So that is how I wear it now. My big summer ring, a bit white, a bit ivory with hints of coral tones, I really love it.
The final three shells I found just a few weeks ago onLong Beach Island in New Jersey.
They are delicate little things.
One is a golden bronze, the other a translucent pearl and the final one a grey/ebony shell. They are so thin I am sure they will eventually fall apart but for now I wear them.
My friend Marcy Frantz a great creative talent and jewelry designer among other things, made them for me just yesterday. The grey/ebony shell is on a metal chain. The gold and pearl shells are one a indigo and cocoa silk bead thread and they share the same clasp.
Just simple elegant summer jewelry. Ephemeral like summer itself.