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Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013

beachbites Wearable Art Silver and Sand by SHANNON RAE GENTRY T ext to come F named beaches in her “sandbank,”rom the coasts of Canada to the beachesof Belize, Holly Daniels Christensenstores sand from more than 1,200 yet she has only been to about 200. Since 2010, hundreds of people have sent tablespoons of sand to Christensen’s Dune Jewelry in Boston, Massachusetts. When she realized the deep emotional attachments people have to their favorite beaches, Christensen says she thought to convert beach sand into unique earrings, pendants, rings and bracelets. “People tend to refer to their special beach as ‘their beach’ or ‘my beach,’” she says. “I’ve even gotten sand from beaches where ashes were scattered … or where husbands proposed years ago.” There are two different patent-pending processes involved in creating the jewelry. The first process requires layering sand and resin to form a stone, glass-like finish. The second process calls for Christensen and two other jewelry artists to hand sand the piece, inlaid into the silver for a flat finish before the piece is polished. After starting her business with about 100 orders, Christensen noticed a reoccurring request for Wrightsville Beach. “Wrightsville sand is actually really interesting to work with, because it has a lot of really fine quartz, then it also has bits of shell,” she says. “So the consistency is much different.” With simple and clean designs like the sleek earrings and matching necklace from the “Sandbar Collection,” or classic oval pendants from the “Sandrop Collection,” each jewelry collection’s name reflects the same beach theme. Christensen encourages anyone to send their own sand. A portion of the proceeds, which range from PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALLISON POTTER one to 30 percent, is donated to coastal preservation programs like the Surfrider Foundation and other pro- grams like Hope for Ariang, a village in South Sudan. Visit www.dunejewelrydesign.com for more information. Dune Jewelry stacker ring, earrings and pendants from the Sandbar, Sandrop and Island collections. 14 WBM may 2013


Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013
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