"Nantucket Driftwood" Lampwork & Earring Set

Welcome to White Tideline Designs, handcrafted jewelry-as-art ~ sculpted bracelets, pendants & earrings like watercolors, using artisan glass beads (lampwork) & gemstones & sterling. Colors are blended and textures are joined in interesting combinations using beads of glass & sterling studio-artists to create a composition of a desired vision. Like an 'assembly of neurons,' each piece hopes to help remember again ('agenbite') a feeling, a place, a memory - conjured out of consciousness and imagination. Each piece is designed and handmade by me, in my San Francisco Bay Area studio, an old African mahogany dining room table in my home - my vast and beautiful palette. While my muse may be the same (so often it is the sea, a landscape, a road-trip or a trip abroad), no two pieces are ever identical. This exact design will only be created one time and ... it will belong to you.

When I think of Nantucket Island over on the other coast, I think of the deep past when Native Americans lived on the island and later, when cranberry bogs brought a seasonal livelihood to islanders who otherwise worked the seas for her fish and seafood. I think of later, during the middle of the 20th century and the beach culture, the concession stands and the color turquoise associated with sand and sea. Mostly now when I think of Nantucket, I think of the strands of beach in winter or fall and the remnants of driftwood lying silver in the sand like broken angels, always so animated and life-like, contained in their own quiet beauty.

'Nantucket Driftwood' hopes to capture the contrasting colors of the sea, sand and driftwood which gathers with the tide's daily ebb and flow. Comprised of artisan glass lampwork beads in a variety of shapes and sizes by five esteemed glass artists, 'Nantucket Driftwood,' includes lampwork discs, two encased glass portal beads with elegant clear scrolling on the surface with salmon & peach colored glass portals along with a beautifully encased round bead with actual sterling silver droplets melted into the bead's surface, making for a complex effect, like staring into the depths of the sea just beyond the drop-off. An encased gold-core round lampwork bead also has sterling silver droplets blended within the glass of the bead. Two hollow turquoise round beads, reminding me of the famous Japanese fisherman floats, hang down amidst the gemstones and crystals. Filling out the composition of 'Nantucket Driftwood,' are green faceted Amethyst nuggets, faceted deep blue iolite nuggets, luminous Baroque pearls, faceted Ametrine rondelles in a light champagne color, Baltic Amber, faceted quartz rondelles, Aquamarine and Labradorite teardrops and a beautifully faceted narrow Citrine nugget and small, delicate faceted blue Flourite rondelles. In concert with this plethora of gemstones, is an equal array of Swarovski crystal beads and components which include two golden stars, a pale peach starfish, a branch of crystal coral and Swarovski's elegant sterling & crystal rondelles. Two Thai Karen Hilltribe sterling silver seahorses complete the tideline and driftwood composition of 'Nantucket Driftwood.' A hammered bright silver Hilltribe toggle clasp finishes 'Nantucket Driftwood,' which measures a little over 7.5" in length. Matching the bracelet is a pair of earrings whose lampwork beads are done by an esteemed Bay Area artist and are in a soft diamond shape with a copper-colored core with an etched surface, looking like so much beach glass, sanded and worn by years and months at sea. With sterling silver French Hooks, these earrings are 1.5" in length from the loop in the French hook to the bottom of the bead.

HELP FOR CLIENTS ON-THE-GO ~ Complimentary Gift Service: Upon request, I will make your shopping experience as easy, efficient & trouble-free as possible. I will tastefully prepare your gift in a black satin 'pillow' shaped box with a grey satin (as shown above in the last photo) or polka dot organza ribbon and will include an occasion-appropriate gift card (with your words, as dictated). I am also happy to direct-mail your gift to your recipient, upon request. This service is available and complimentary. Just ask. If you need to use an overnight service such as Fed Ex, DHL, etc., there will be shipping charges from those companies, but my efforts are complimentary & a part of my customer service. * Of Special Note: This past year I noticed a significant increase in male customers in my shop and on my website. They are buying gorgeous bracelets for the significant women in their lives ~ wives, mothers, daughters, nieces, aunts, girlfriends, best friends, neighbors and even the capable gal at the Apple Care reception desk! While my past marketing focus has been on sophisticated women who seek-out & purchase one-of-a-kind, artisan-designs (directly from the artist), I am now giving equal attention to 'the fellas' who are searching for an original, beautiful, personal gift of jewelry-art...but, with as little overhead as possible. From my repeat male clients, I hear that my designs are met with resounding joy & delight from their recipients.

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