July 31, 2017
For several Outer Banks artisans, the North Carolina coast is the ideal spot to craft sparkling crystals and gems into unique pieces of jewelry. Thanks to these talented jewelers, you can wear a lovely reminder of your Outer Banks vacation, even when you’re back home.
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A family business owned and operated by Jill and Ashley Rawls, All Washed Up Jewelry features saltwater-inspired pieces. Creating everything from necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, this sister duo does it all. Their beachy bar necklaces are definitely their star pieces. These delicate necklaces feature hand-stamped mantras like “GYPSEA,” “BEACH BUM,” and “SHELL YEAH.” You can find them stocked in boutiques across the Outer Banks such as Islands by Amity in Duck and Foxy Flamingo Boutique and The French Door OBX in Nags Head. You can also shop their collection online via Etsy.
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Made by a Cali girl currently living on the Outer Banks, Goldielockes is a bohemian lifestyle brand of jewelry inspired by sun, shells, and sand. Designer Sarah Fredricks says that she “design[s] pieces that I would only wear myself from earth’s materials (shells, driftwood, sea glass, etc).” Goldielockes jewelry is a unique combo of metals, gems, and crystals that bring out the boho babe in all of us. You can shop Goldielockes at Foxy Flamingo Boutique in Nags Head, Zen and Zip in Duck, and The Shabby Dream Shop and Mom’s Sweet Shop in Kill Devil Hills. Also available online via Etsy.
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Specializing in mystic crystals and metal work, creator Erin Johnson handcrafts unique and timeless pieces. Whether creating a delicate feather necklace or dangling turquoise earrings, Erin Nicole Jewelry uses quality metals and classic craftsmanship. You can shop these lovely pieces for yourself at Zen and Zip in Duck or on Erin’s online shop.
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For a wearable piece of the ocean, look no further than Borders Beach Shop. Handcrafted by Mark and Cyndi Slagle on the Outer Banks, this family business features a unique material called “surfglass.” As a coastal community, there’s no shortage of surf shops on the Outer Banks and that means plenty of leftover resin from the glassing process of surfboard production. The Slagles collect this leftover resin, sand and polish it, and turn it into completely unique, colorful pieces of jewelry. Besides surfglass, this husband and wife duo only use authentic beach glass from the shores of the Outer Banks, Puerto Rico, and Barbados in their work. You can check out their special pieces at Seagreen Gallery in Nags Head or on their online shop.
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As a talented metal smith, Cammie Hall turns ordinary materials into extraordinary art. Ranging from geometric bangles to knife earrings, Cammie truly has an artist’s eye for forging creative and wearable jewelry. Her rustic style is evident throughout her pieces with touches of tarnish and asymmetry. Currently located in Kitty Hawk, you can shop Cammie’s handiwork at local art fairs and through her website.