Since 2010, Boston’s Dune Jewelry has been transforming favorite beach memories into timeless pieces that “make waves” anytime, anywhere! Send in sand from a beach you love or choose from Dune’s collection of sand from over 1,500 beaches around the world. The Dune team will incorporate it into a masterpiece. Holly Daniels Christensen, Dune’s founder, tells us about her company and the process.
Once you’ve read our interview with Holly, enter to win a Sandglobe™ Charm Bracelet ($100 value). To enter, comment below by answering the question: Where will your sand come from if you win this charm bracelet?
How did you get started with your business?
I was in real estate for 14 years when the local market began to tank. I felt like this was a sign that I should carry out my dreams of entrepreneurship and develop this jewelry line.
Growing up on Cape Cod I spent my summers during high school learning to surf at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, MA. Although my surfing skills never amounted to much, those days of skipping work and heading to the beach always will be cherished. I began creating beach sand jewelry for friends and family in 2007, along with my close childhood friend and artist, Kellie Quinn, of ‘Beaches and Snowflakes™.’
Where does the sand come from?
Kellie and I used to take road trips all over the East Coast to collect sand, but when the business started to grow, many customers asked if they could send in their own sand that reflects their own memories. We know that their sand is authentic and we can confidently add it to our Sandbank™.
Today, our sand collection comes from all seven continents, including from over 150 beaches on Cape Cod alone. We’ve even begun collecting sand from golf course traps and baseball parks such as Boston’s Fenway Park.
How is the sand transformed into jewelry?
We use two different patent pending processes that marry the customer’s sand with jewelry grade epoxy or resin. All of Dune’s Sandartists™ complete an extensive three-month training process before producing their one-of-a-kind creations. You’d be amazed at the vast palette of sand colors and textures, which is unique for each region.
What is the price range and the type of items in your collection?
Prices range from $40 to $350. We offer everything from necklaces, bracelets and earrings to cufflinks and key chains and have much more planned.
How long does it take to create each item?
Our handmade sterling silver pieces, all made in Massachusetts, can be finished in as little as a couple of hours, depending on the amount of curing, sanding and polishing they require. Some sand is more difficult to work with, and those pieces might take a couple of days to complete. Every time we receive new sand in from a customer, it’s exciting to see what new colors and textures we have to work with. A customer will have his or her final piece of jewelry about two weeks after the order is placed!
Why is your jewelry a great gift idea?
Many women have gifts made for their mothers, sisters and friends from sand associated with trips that they’ve been on together and from family beach houses, weddings, etc. Men’s cufflinks are hot right now, as are key chains, because they’re constant reminders of favorite vacations, ballparks or golf courses.
To commemorate Dune Jewelry’s partnership with Joslin Diabetes Center, and in recognition of World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2013, Dune will host a 24-hour fundraiser, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM. 10% of all sales placed on DuneJewelry.com will be donated directly to Joslin. Dune also will provide FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed that day.
To enter to win
a Sandglobe™ Charm Bracelet
comment below by answering the question:
Where will your sand come from if you win this charm bracelet?
1 FOF will win. (See official rules, here.) Contest closes November 21, 2013 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.