What you wear has long been a way to express yourself – a chance to show who you are and reveal a snippet of your personality.
But wearing a shell anklet picked up from your latest beach holiday might not cut it when you have to get back to the real world and look professional at work.
Fear not. Plenty of companies have come to the rescue, creating beautiful jewellery pieces which are subtle yet unapologetically beachy. Here are some of my favourites…
Mentioned previously on the blog, Sand & Seagulls is the brainchild of Zoe, a mum-of-two who offers a variety of beach-inspired products, from necklaces and rings to home decor and wall art.
There seems to be a trend at the moment for whale themed jewellery but having got my hands on this silver whale tail necklace from Zoe, I can totally see why.
It’s slightly longer than I expected which is great as, when worn, it becomes a statement in itself.
The tail is a simple plain pendant with no engravings or small details. It’s understated cool – simple, stylish yet screaming of a passion for the sea.
Another necklace on the Sand and Seagulls website also caught my eye, and it’s an arguably even subtler way to take a little bit of the beach into your jewellery box.
The pearl-clam necklace is small and delicate, sitting on a finer and shorter chain than the whale tail.
With a small pearl in it’s centre, the clam pendant boasts it’s own jewel from the sea while looking elegant and classic.
This is so easy to wear as an everyday item. Try matching it with pearl earrings and make sure you wear it with a v-neck or scoop neck top so you can show it off with all the attention it deserves. In the first day I wore this necklace, I had numerous compliments.
An absolutely beautiful item.
I first noticed Spindrift in the back pages of Surf Girl magazine and I fell head-over-heels in love with their wave ring.
At the time, I couldn’t warrant buying the ring for myself, but I kept mentioning (oh-so-casually) how lovely it was to my boyfriend.
When I opened it as a birthday present a few months later, I couldn’t stop smiling.
The ring is a good width and feels solid enough that you won’t lose it. It sits, for me, pretty perfectly on my forefinger and it definitely gets attention when worn! Being silver it’s easy to combine with other jewellery items, and it’s a constant reminder of the waves when you can’t be on them.
The only thing I would say, is that the peak of the wave does sometimes get caught on clothing – beware if you wear the ring with gloves in winter!
It’s totally worth any potential snagging though. Generally it sits pretty perfectly once it’s on, and it looks AMAZING.
Spindrift also has some beautiful anklets… looks like I might need to drop some more hints…
A recent discovery for me is Ocean Bohéme, whom I discovered at Paddle Round the Pier. When I got to her stand, it was like stumbling into a treasure trove.
Different shades of sea glass glinted back at me; an array of jewellery that looked just like the ocean.
I’ve seen sea glass a lot recently. It’s simple (again) but beautiful in everything from it’s colour to the way it can be adapted and shaped for jewellery.
For those who don’t know, sea glass is a product of both nature and man. Worn down by the waves and recycled by the sea, it’s origin lies in bottles, jars, and other glass which has been carelessly discarded.
It’s a catch-22 situation really. Fantastic that we’re finding a use for glass which has been carelessly thrown away by humans – but also fairly sad that it was there in the first place…
Ocean Bohéme is still in the start-up stages and currently exhibiting at various beach themed festivals in the south coast. Definitely one to watch, the things I’d suggest looking out for are the beautiful earrings (ones below are Mother of Pearl) and the stacking rings which come in an array of shapes and colours.
Tegen Jewellery, based in Falmouth, offers beautiful handmade jewellery with a bohemian feel.
Items on offer include rings, anklets, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, as well as wedding accessories so everything, including your special day, can remind you of the beach. Orders could take time but it’s worth it as every single item is handmade.
This also means that you can get an item designed exactly the way you want it by commissioning a piece!
Got any beach jewellery recommendations? Get in touch and let me know!