Nauset Beach Stone Collection

Some of my favorite pieces to create are using beach stones and shells I collect locally at Nauset Beach in East Orleans. Some of the stones I tumble to give them a high polish while others I leave just as I found them on the beach.  What I love about giving them a polish is they look as if you just pulled them out of the water and you can see all the beautiful detail within the stone. You would be surprised the variety of stones you can find! I also love setting wampum (quahog shell), it looks amazing in oxidized silver or with golden accents. Each piece is unique and one of a kind making them even that much more special to the wearer. 

I have an ever changing selection of beach stone and shell jewelry available at my store Adorn in East Orleans, MA. If you are unable to visit in person but are interested in a piece you can email me at, I am happy to send images of what is currently available. 

Tucson Recap

     Earlier this month I had the opportunity to travel to Tucson, AZ for the world renowned Tucson Gem show.  I had been hearing about the show and living vicariously through other jewelers instagram posts for years. I was lucky enough to be invited to go with a great group of Boston based jewelers. Including, Hannah Blount, Sophie Hughes, Vincent Russo, Sasha Walsh and Lauren Passenti.  Hannah and Sasha had been before so they showed the rest of us who were first timers the ropes. 

   Now this isn't just a single gem show that happens to be in Tucson... It is many different shows all over the city.  We went to Holidome and Gem Mall, AGTA, GJX, Pueblo and some of the other smaller shows along the highway. I stocked up on as many of my favorite stones as I could. I was looking for unique one of a kind stones to use in my pieces. I also bought a nice selection of rose cut natural diamonds to use in my fine collection, this was probably the most exciting yet nerve wracking purchase. 

   Overall it was such a great experience. Tucson was beautiful, cacti everywhere! and the weather was just perfect.  Next time I go I plant to make it half work half vacation and stay a few more days to enjoy and relax.