LFD, Handmade by Hannah Marlin

Oceanside, California 208 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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LFD, Handmade by Hannah Marlin

Oceanside, California | 208 Sales

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Last updated on Feb 20, 2019

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About LittlestFishDesigns

Sales 208
On Etsy since 2015

Modern handmade jewelry for lovers of the sea and everywhere in between

Raised on the island of Martha's Vineyard, I had three true loves: my home, the ocean that surrounded it, and making art.

I found my niche in both performing and visual arts, inspired by the creative atmosphere that the island encompassed me in. In high school, I found a passion for photography which I took with me to the University of New Hampshire. In 2014 I graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography and a new found love of sculpture and jewelry design.

Not long after I moved back to my little island home I developed an interest in the crafting of wampum jewelry.

Wampum, the naturally occurring purple and white coloring of the quahog shell, has a rich history on Martha's Vineyard. The native people fashioned wampum into small beads which were woven into belts used for storytelling, ceremonial gifting, and recording important treaties and historical events. Now wampum jewelry is adorned by many Island and Cape Cod residents to show appreciation for the culture of their favorite place.

Self-taught in the art of wampum working I created my unique designs in my studio on Martha's Vineyard until 2018 when I relocated to Southern California to attend the Gemological Institute of America. Inspired by my home and ever-changing trends, I seamlessly blend this historically significant material with modern minimalist design. I aim to create designs that cater to everybody who loves wampum, there is truly a piece of LFD for every age and style.

All shells are locally sourced on Martha's Vineyard. Littlest Fish Designs is a proud supporter of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group and an active participant in the shell recycling program.

As for the name? I am the smallest member of the Marlin family, making me the Littlest Fish.

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  • Hannah Marlin

    Owner, Creator

    Hi I'm Hannah! I was born and raised on a little island called Martha's Vineyard. I am a fine jeweler with a passion for hand fabricating beautiful pieces.

Production partners

  • Printful

    Chatsworth, CA

    Printful is a print-on-demand drop shipper who prints my watercolor prints for me.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 24, 2019

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details

Returns are accepted within 60 days of purchase date. If you'd like to exchange your item for an item of more value, the difference must be paid. Return shipping not included.

Because wampum is a shell, it can be very delicate.
If your piece breaks within 60 days, a replacement will be sent to you at no charge. Return shipping is included. Keep in mind pendants are one-of-a-kind and cannot be fixed. They will instead be replaced with a piece of similar size and shape. Please do not expect to get the same pendant back.

Since I work with a production partner to drop ship prints as they are ordered, returns, exchanges, and refunds are not accepted.
A sales and use tax of 7.5% will be added to transactions within the state of California.
free shipping within the United States
Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing and shipping
Additional policies and FAQs
Inquire about custom orders

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Last updated on Nov 24, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

To reduce the risk of tarnish and/or breakage, please do not wear your Littlest Fish Designs piece in the shower, ocean, or to bed. Store alone or with like jewelry in a dry place. These pieces are hand-made and fragile and are prone to breakage if you are rough with them. If your piece incorporates sterling silver please polish with a sterling silver polishing cloth. To keep your wampum from drying out and getting dull, condition your wampum piece will olive or mineral oil once a month. Simply rub a drop of oil all over the wampum and wipe it off with a paper towel.

Wholesale availability

Wholesaling is available, message for further details

Gift wrapping and packaging

All LFD pieces are packaged in custom burlap pouches and include a business card.
I offer hand-written notes for gifts, please include in "note to buyer" at time of purchase.

I have a collection of wampum pieces from the beach, can you make me something out of that?

Unfortunately, I cannot use "found" beach wampum. The wampum I use needs to come from freshly shucked quahog shell. Found beach wampum has been weathered and tossed in the water for an unknown amount of time. This natural tumbling process calcifies the wampum over time, making it hard as a rock. These pieces are therefore unusable in the designs that I offer.

I go clamming so I have a TON of fresh quahog shell for you, can you make me something out of that?

If your quahog shell is fresh out of the ocean, then I absolutely can.
However, if the shell has been treated with heat of any kind (baked, steamed, boiled, grilled, etc.) I can't use it. The shell becomes too brittle when exposed to heat, and I won't be able to carve or shape the wampum without it breaking.

Do you offer men's jewelry?

Sure! I can modify my designs to fit any style preference. More "masculine" materials I provide are genuine leather cord and oxidized silver chain. Inquire for more information.