Dune offers matte jewelry designs, and also gloss jewelry designs. When I began experimenting with beach sand and sterling silver I formulated my own inlay process over a 3 year period of time. There were many learning curves, however eventually I finalized the process and officially began marketing Dune Jewelry. Our matte jewelry encompasses our Island Collection, Sandbar™ Collection, Men’s round cuff links and our sterling silver key chain. The process creates a flat aesthetic with the sand and the silver. The sand is nestled into the silver. Larger grains of sand and shell are broken open and revealed by the process. We’ve even found baby starfish fossils in some of our pieces using this technique through sanding down a large grain of sand to uncover what’s inside. This process is always surprising – you don’t see the end result until the sand is set, cured, sanded and polished often resulting in an almost mosaic design or finish.
Gloss Jewelry – What is it?
Our gloss method creates layers of sand and resin. We can pick out certain colors and textures with a toothpick to place them in beautiful arrangements. This is a wonderfully artistic process that creates more of a shiny, gem-like or glass-like finish. One thing to note is that this process can make your sand look significantly darker if it is mostly quartz based like New Jersey or the West Coast of Florida. Some of our most popular gloss designs are the Sandglobe necklace, Bangle Collection and Bayview ring. When you look closely at all of our photography you should see a distinct difference between the two methods. I hope this information is helpful when you’re choosing your next piece of Dune Jewelry or gift giving.
With Love & Sandy Hands,