CoralReefDreams

Handmade Ocean Inspired Jewelry

U.S. Virgin Islands · 524 Sales

CoralReefDreams

Handmade Ocean Inspired Jewelry

U.S. Virgin Islands 524 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Elegant, handcrafted wire artisan jewelry celebrating nature and featuring precious metals, gemstones, semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls and sea glass.

I design and make each and every piece, and much of my inspiration comes from the sea.

All of the jewelry in my shop is made with sterling silver, fine silver, 14k gold filled and gold vermeil. With the exception of gold vermeil beads (gold plated sterling silver), I do not use any plated metals. I prefer a natural, organic look, and the stones I use in my designs are mostly hand cut and not so perfect that they look synthetic or manufactured. "Life is too short to wear department store jewelry."

Visit my other store, http://cdislands.etsy.com where I sell jewelry making supplies.

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Last updated on Dec 15, 2016

Elegant, handcrafted wire artisan jewelry celebrating nature and featuring precious metals, gemstones, semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls and sea glass.

I design and make each and every piece, and much of my inspiration comes from the sea.

All of the jewelry in my shop is made with sterling silver, fine silver, 14k gold filled and gold vermeil. With the exception of gold vermeil beads (gold plated sterling silver), I do not use any plated metals. I prefer a natural, organic look, and the stones I use in my designs are mostly hand cut and not so perfect that they look synthetic or manufactured. "Life is too short to wear department store jewelry."

Visit my other store, http://cdislands.etsy.com where I sell jewelry making supplies.

Pauline Jacobson

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Pauline Jacobson

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A Life Long Love Affair With the Ocean

I often have wonderful dreams about diving on a beautiful coral reef and seeing fantasy coral gardens, fish and sea creatures from another world. I also have similar dreams about walking along a beach and seeing beautiful seashells like none I have ever seen washing up at my feet. So, I decided to name my ocean-inspired jewelry line Coral Reef Dreams.

I create my jewelry from a variety of materials including precious and semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls and quality metals. I prefer materials with a natural, organic look, and the stones I use in my designs are mostly hand cut and not so perfect that they look synthetic or manufactured - "Life's too short to wear department store jewelry." Small imperfections are inherent in handmade items. They add to the uniqueness of the pieces, and are not considered to be flaws.

With the exception of gold vermeil beads (sterling silver with thick gold plating) I do not use any plated metals, only fine and sterling silver and 14k gold filled (a layer of gold hundreds of times thicker than plating over a brass core). I also keep a limited supply of 14k solid yellow gold and 14k rose gold filled components in stock for custom orders. All of the metals I use are nickel free, nickel is the leading cause of metal allergies.

I make some items multiple times, and some are one of a kind (OOAK). All OOAK items are tagged as such in the listings. Even when I make multiples of an item, each piece is going to have slight differences due to the fact that they are handmade with natural materials, which makes each piece unique. I do not re-photograph an item unless it changes significantly, but be reassured that it will be very close to the same and just as beautiful.

With the exception of fossil coral, I do not use any purchased coral in my designs. The huge market for red coral jewelry worldwide is depleting the species, as well as other species of corals. I donate a percentage of my sales to coral reef conservation organizations.

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Last updated on Apr 11, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I would be happy to make something just for you! I do require payment up front for custom work. You will receive a photo of the finished piece before it is mailed in case there are any small adjustments that need to be made.

Care instructions

It is best to remove all jewelry before putting on or taking off clothing, that seems to be the most frequent cause of breakage. Avoid bending wire jewelry as it will eventually cause breakage. Also, delicate pieces are not intended for playing sports or continuous wear. Wear them to the office, out to dinner and on special occasions and they will last for many years. Sterling silver can either be allowed to darken naturally, or kept shiny using a cleaning method that is safe for any pearls or stones included in the piece. Tarnish is the result of exposure to air and moisture. It is best to store your piece in a sealed container such as a zip lock bag, and if it has any colored stones, away from strong light to avoid fading.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All purchases are shipped packaged in a reusable organza gift bag. Fragile pieces will come in a gift box (not gift wrapped). You can request a gift box if you prefer it over the organza bag, just include a note when you check out. I ship all orders in padded bubble envelopes to ensure safe arrival.