What is it about the ocean and the beach? Is it footprints in the sand, salty cool breezes, a myriad of blue, time standing still, or that carefree spirit of summer? For my husband Nick and I, we are inspired by all things nautical. Our style reflects the beaches and the summertime spirit here in New England.
Nick and Hillary create unique and distinctive nature inspired pieces, many of which are hand carved in wax before being hand cast into metal.
Our jewelry is made from precious metals: sterling silver and 14K gold, and semi-precious and precious gemstones.
Our plated pieces have a very heavy layer of metal, on top of sterling silver. According to federal standards, in order to be called gold plate the gold must be 7 mils (millionths of an inch) and 10K. We use 40 mils, almost 6 times the standard, and 14K gold.
Heat water in an old coffee mug in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
Add a drop of blue dawn dish liquid and a capful of ammonia.
Soak your jewelry in the solution for a bit and brush the pieces using a soft toothbrush.
Dry with a clean soft towel and polish with a polishing cloth.