Summer Pleasures – Part III

This month we are excited to have a guest blogger, Judy Ann Olsen, who enjoys her summers on the beaches of Florida.

Nothing says “late summer” quite like a deserted beach. I grew up on the Emerald Coast of Florida and my family returns each summer to escape the beautiful chaos of New York City and bask in the cool serenity of sugar white beaches. Each time we come back, I am humbled by the resiliency of this beachfront community that has weathered storms such as Hurricane Ivan and the BP oil spill. Sea oats grow and anchor what is left of the once-towering dunes, and I am reminded of the power of man and nature to work together to restore what was once compromised.

I can’t help but see this enchanting pocket of the world through the eyes of a jeweler. Diamonds glint off of the surface of the gently rolling sea. The horizon becomes a dreamy blend of aquamarine and blue chalcedony. Golden sunlight steeps everything in a warm summer embrace. Pearly shells decorate the shoreline in a random pattern that invites discovery. The rising moon recalls the beauty of a South Sea pearl.

We return to the city full of inspiration. The Emerald Coast is one of Florida’s best kept secrets. And while we may not see dolphins at play or baby stingrays jumping out of the water in New York City, it is always good to be back in the city we call home.

Ocean Inspired Jewelry from Fortunoff

Sea and Sky

Blue Chalcedony and Freshwater Pearl Dangle Necklace, 16 inch, 14K Yellow Gold

Blue Chalcedony and Freshwater Pearl Dangle Necklace, 16 inch, 14K Yellow Gold, $160

Sunlight on the Water

Diamond Lace Round Scroll Ring, 14K Yellow Gold

Diamond Lace Round Scroll Ring, 14K Yellow Gold, $795

Treasures on the Shore

Larimar Sand Dollar Pendant, Sterling Silver, 18 Inches

Larimar Sand Dollar Pendant, Sterling Silver, 18 Inches, $115

Mermaid Style

Apatite Drop Earring, Blue Topaz Accent, 14K Yellow Gold

Apatite Drop Earring, Blue Topaz Accent, 14K Yellow Gold, $275

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