Treasures on Cape Cod: Cape-Inspired Jewelry
Few places on Earth have such breathtaking landscapes as Cape Cod. The Cape’s natural beauty has inspired generations of creative types, from painters and writers to actors and architects. Even jewelry makers aren’t immune to the region’s charms, as shown by their Cape-inspired collections. Here are a few of our favorites.
A fixture on the Cape Cod jewelry scene since 1970, the family-owned Robert E. Guertin Jeweler in Sandwich has grown from a 300-square-foot space to a 1,500-square-foot gallery, featuring silver, gold and platinum jewelry. Their Nantucket Collection includes pieces inspired by the intricately woven baskets made by sailors while out at sea. Their Cape Cod Collection boasts two-toned bangle bracelets with Cape-themed charms: anchors, sand dollars, clamshells and starfish, to name a few. (8 Merchants Road, Sandwich; robertguertinjeweler.com)
Enamored with the rugged natural beauty of the Cape, Ross Coppelman, Goldsmith began crafting unique gold, platinum and silver jewelry more than 40 years ago. Coppelman started by selling his elegant yet whimsical pieces at prestigious craft shows (like the Smithsonian Craft Show) and now sells his work at his own gallery in East Dennis, along with select international galleries. His Ocean Wave Collection debuted in 2004 and is notable for its variety of stones and metals, each depicting a wave motif. (1439 Route 6A, East Dennis)
Founded in 2013 by Falmouth native Patrick Clarke, Cape Clasp’s unique rope bracelets are fashionably fastened together with bronze and silver symbols of the Cape (think hammerheads, sharks, turtles and whales). Clarke started the brand with the intention of giving back to the home he loves, so 15 percent of sales are donated to ocean and marine life conservancy organizations, including the Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the Cape Cod National Seashore. (474 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth)
The Pink Heart Jewelry is a curated online store showcasing unique nautical pieces that make a great keepsake of time well spent on the Cape. The shop’s owner has lived on Cape Cod for more than 30 years and embraces anything with a local theme and feel. On her website, you’ll find items in gold and silver accentuated with anchors, shells, starfish, sand dollars and more—some of which even include pieces of Cape Cod sea glass.
A family-owned business, Hannoush Jewelers first opened in Massachusetts in 1980 and has grown to operate more than 50 company-owned and franchised stores across the state and beyond. With a keen attention to detail and quality, Hannoush’s Cape Cod Moments Collection comprises handcrafted 14-karat and sterling silver interchangeable jewelry charms with nautical themes ─ like sailboats and ocean waves ─ that are designed to capture one’s cherished “moments” on Cape Cod. Their Cape Cod Jewelry Collection offers pendants and bracelets with colorful stones reflective of the region, including blue topaz. (352 Main Street, Falmouth and Cape Cod Mall, Hyannis)
It’s easy to see why Chatham Jewelers’ tagline is: “The summer symbols of Cape Cod, all year long!” Located on Chatham’s charming Main Street, they offer a wide selection of items from watches to baby gifts, including a unique range of fine nautical jewelry. There are oyster pendants embellished with tiny diamonds, gold sailor’s valentine necklaces, bracelets with inlaid nautical flags and earrings shaped like jellyfish, lobsters and seahorses. This is undoubtedly the place to find the perfect summer souvenir. (532 Main Street, Chatham)
Lucy Jalbert, the artist behind Lucy J's Glass Studio, has been living on the Cape since the late 1980s, creating works of stained and fused glass and jewelry. Her unique designs incorporate the natural elements of the Cape, including shells and sea glass. Using precious metal clay ─ which starts in a malleable state and hardens in a kiln ─ Jalbert forms one-of-a-kind wearable art inspired by the Cape’s natural beauty. (480 Massasoit Road, Eastham)
With a pointed nautical angle, Fishgirl Designs creates beach-inspired jewelry on the Cape, which can be found at shops and boutiques across the region. Their Seascape Nautical Collection features ocean-inspired charms, the Shackle Collection showcases pearls and a shackle closure, Beach Booty is a selection of custom engraved tags on bracelets and necklaces, and the Beach Ball Collection highlights beads reminiscent of (you guessed it) beach balls on a variety of jewelry pieces. Fishgirl considers the target market for their beachy accessories “girls who like sand in their shoes, salty air and sparkle!”
Cape Codder Jesse Horowitz is one of several local jewelry-makers whose work can be found at The Jewelry Studio of Wellfleet. Housed in a charming green clapboard building that doubles as a shop and studio in downtown Wellfleet, Horowitz’s own signature pieces include bracelets and necklaces made from casts of shells she finds on the flats. (15 Bank Street, Wellfleet)
Marcus Hendricks has taken an original approach to sustainability at his business, Wampanoag Shells. The artist, who is of Nipmuc and Wampanoag descent, uses the culturally traditional quahog (hard-shell clam) to create a completely sustainable and 100% waste-free business. The quahog meat is used to make delicious stuffed quahogs (with recipes developed by Hendricks’ family over generations), and Hendricks creates unique wampum jewelry from the shells, in variegated shades of white, blue, purple and brown. Using high-quality sterling silver hardware, Hendricks creates one-of-a-kind pieces, including inlaid rings, earrings and even four-hole buttons, all with a deep respect for the ocean.