Announcement In my shop you will find uniquely designed land and sea inspired Wood Crafts and hand made jewelry! My jewelry designs include a variety of natural components: Sea Shells, Gemstones, Bone, Wood, and Metals. Anything can be mixed and matched, customized or changed up... just message me! I love the creative challenge, so don't be shy!
In my shop you will find uniquely designed land and sea inspired Wood Crafts and hand made jewelry! My jewelry designs include a variety of natural components: Sea Shells, Gemstones, Bone, Wood, and Metals. Anything can be mixed and matched, customized or changed up... just message me! I love the creative challenge, so don't be shy!
Mardee Austin on Dec 14, 2016
So Beautiful and fast shipping!
Eliphas Ahriman on Dec 1, 2016
Very authentic looking, very pleased
The Origination of Minus Tide Jewelry
It all began during a warm Spring Break in April of 2007 - location Santa Cruz, CA. I was visiting family and recuperating from a dark time. Therapy was walking barefoot on the beach and combing for sea shells. I decided to finally take all the little pairs of shells that I meticulously collected and make them into earrings. I found interesting pieces, that were larger and had odd shapes, and made those into pendant necklaces. Suddenly I was at a craft store, lost in the world of "findings" with no idea where to start, but I felt a spark of life coming back in to me.
It was the beginning of a new chapter in my life, and the road to healing and finding light again. I'd always been creative, and I'd always dabbled in some sort of art, but I had neglected that side of myself for too long. This art form was new! I learned as I went along: studied Geology to better understand the stones I was finding in the river beds and at high tide lines on the beach; learned how to macramé and started making lots of hemp items; and I learned how to wire wrap my stones which I worked at relentlessly despite many frustrations. Baby step, by baby step I became a better designer, a better crafts' person, and I found a new love: Abalone sculpting.
The use of Abalone for my jewelry took me full circle back to my child hood, growing up in Santa Cruz, when my father and my uncle would dive for and harvest Abalone from the rocks of some seriously tumultuous inlets. The waves would bash them mercilessly against the rocks. I remember my dad showing off his bruises and cuts when he would return home. This "fun" past time was then passed on to my brothers. They now make a "man weekend" event of it when Abalone is in season. It never occurred to me while growing up, that those gross slimy things ("The Bacon of the Sea" they call it) in shells covered with barnacles and sea weed, could produce some of the most organically beautiful jewelry pieces in the world.
When I decided to take all those huge shells, that were just scattered about their yards or piled away in old boxes, and start making them into something cool, that I realized it was the perfect artistic medium to express myself through. The down side was the many cuts and scrapes and burns from the tools, and learning how absolutely toxic the dust is (produced from cutting and sanding). It is also very seasonal work for me... I can only work outside, so I have to wait for the weather to warm up and stop raining. Thus, sometimes the lull in new product.
I DO love the design process and the artistic challenge, whether it be with shells, stones, or metals! I like custom making something that suits a person's personality. It is the one thing I miss about working with the public: making connections with people. Thus, working with a client on a special project, is always a joy!
In conclusion, here is my secret to life:
Humor is the key to survival, the best battle armor, and it heals all wounds. No wait, that is time. Time heals all wounds, humor is the best medicine! So when bleeding profusely from an emotional or psychological wound, time is the answer, but a humor band-aid is a good thing to apply fresh daily. And maybe down a shot of Tequila, with a side of guacamole and chips. Or perhaps a cold Corona with a wedge of lime in the neck, and a white sand beach in Cabo? THAT is the secret to life.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
I started crafting Beach Jewelry in April of 2007, and opened for business officially that June. I have worked as a Hostess, an Office Admin/Bookkeeper, a Payroll Specialist, and a Retail Manager - now I allow my creative side to dictate my path.
The wood working guru of the shop, his motto is "I Can Make That!" He has worked construction, and for theater groups designing/making their props and sets. He was also an Animator and a Graphic Artist. Some of his work is for sale here!
Each piece is a one-of-a-kind wearable piece of art! Custom orders/requests are welcome! Your personal input is encouraged, because I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase. If you see something you like, but it is not quite right for you- send me a message BEFORE ORDERING, and we can make it a perfect just for YOU!
For example, using precious metals because of allergies, instead of the silver-plated or gold-plated metals being currently used. I can then add the additional cost to the order.
OR using a pendant from one design, into another - mixing and matching... there are no rules!
The prices are wholesale, SALE items are at COST, and the shipping charges are not inflated.
Please shop with confidence!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
Starting July 15, 2012 for custom orders, I will expect payment upfront. This is to ensure that my efforts to make you 100% happy with your one-of-a-kind item, does not go unrewarded, and to cover the costs of supplies if I need to purchase them to complete this project!
I will work up the cost of your project, once we have discussed the design, then post a reserved listing for you to pay from.
Remember, it won't get sent out until you are 100% satisfied! :)
The shipping costs are based on the weight of your purchase, in ounces, through USPS First Class mail, and the **packaging material itself. There are no hidden costs, or inflated handling/processing charges.
**Fragile items will be included in a Cotton fiber lined Kraft Box, to help them not break! This includes Rings, and delicate shell designs.
Your items will ship out within 24 hours (unless otherwise specified), upon receipt of payment (unless it is a custom order being made to order).
In the States, please expect 3-5 business days for your purchase to reach you. International orders could take up to 14 days.
Let me know BEFORE ORDERING if you have expedited shipping needs, and I will apply the additional cost of these shipping requirements to your order before requesting payment.
Refunds and Exchanges
However, if there is something wrong, I will be glad to adjust, fix, or amend it, at no additional labor cost (within reason), and return it to you.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will do them for any occasion, with ridiculously reasonable prices, and in a timely manner!
I give great customer service, because your happiness ensures me a good referral, continued business, and it makes me happy too!
I will try to get as much information from you upfront, and follow up with pictures of my progress throughout the project, so that it will be exactly what you hoped for before it gets sent out!
If you don't see what you were looking for, I can make it for you, just inquire within!