The beaches on our island are often littered with plastics. We feel obligated and inspired to do something about it - even if it is something small, which for us has become regular outings to the beach for cleanups. Sometimes they are short, other times long and daunting, but now each time we go to the beach - even if just for some fun & sun - we come out with plastics.
We like to collect “mermaid treasure" - bits of sea glass, coral, shells, small rocks polished and weathered by the waves. We noticed on our cleanups that many of the small plastics have a similar beauty to them (ironically). So we separate and sort these special plastics by size, shape, likeness, and color. We carefully wash each piece by hand with soap and an old brush, finally laying them out to dry in the sun.
Every style is made by hand in our home studio, combining ocean fragments with fine metals such as sterling silver and gold vermeil. We are inspired by the raw beauty and texture of each unique ocean fragment, and ponder the distance each has travelled and the time it took for the natural elements to mold them. We create with love and hope that our jewelry will become a token for those who wear it - a reminder to mind our impact, to treasure our planet.