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Value in Buying Handmade

Lately I’ve been choosing to spend my money on items that have more meaning and better quality over “fast fashion”.  I’m choosing to spend more on handmade instead of mass produced.  I’m choosing to support artists instead of corporations.  Sometimes I feel like we get so caught up in having things “now” that we forget how good it can be to slow things down.  “Slow fashion” instead of “fast fashion” has provided me time to see the bigger picture of what I’m buying.  It’s allowed me to find brands who’s values align with my own.  It also allows me to find unique pieces for my home or body that not everyone else has.  I like that.  I’m a unique person and why shouldn’t I showcase that?

Value in Buying Handmade


I’ve found that jewelry is about bringing love and light into your life and into what you wear, and that’s something that can’t just be manufactured by a machine.  Jewelry is something so personal and close to our hearts.  It’s something we choose to wear, not something we have to wear.  There in lies the difference.  It’s a choice and what we choose effects not only us but every single dollar we spend gives us a voice.  When we choose to buy handmade and “slow fashion”, our dollar says, “I care about handmade, the artist, and the way this item was produced.”

Value in Buying Handmade

Mermaid Scale Ring – handmade in Sterling silver

When I buy handmade I also love that pieces can be customized for me.  I do this for my customers as well, since not everyone wears the same size, likes the same colors etc.  Many handmade artisans can customize their pieces.  Why is that?  It’s because most of the time, the items aren’t made yet.  The item you are ordering is going to be made just for you!  How awesome is that?!  You become part of the handmade process by working with the artist and customizing something to your liking.

Value in Buying Handmade

Slowing down and taking the time to understand the handmade process allows us to see where an item is coming from, how it’s being made and who’s making it.  I often find myself getting lost in the corporate umbrella of companies.  Often times when we go to the store, most items and brands are produced and owned by only a few large companies.  It’s an illusion of choice.  When I buy handmade it’s simpler.  I can talk to an actual person about why they made an item, why that item means so much to them and how it was created.  It’s an entirely different buying experience.

Value in Buying Handmade

Mermaid Hoop Earrings – handmade using 14k gold over Sterling silver

I find this to be especially true of items that touch my skin.  This is one of the reasons I’ve always gravitated towards handmade jewelry instead of mass-produced jewelry even before I started my line, Nautical Wheeler Jewelry.  An item is much more intimate when it touches you.  I also find that the closer an item is to my skin the more meaning it tends to carry.  Jewelry is one of those things that often holds a lot of meaning for us.  I think this is because it’s so often given as a gift during birthdays, holidays or other special occasions. The meaning in a piece of jewelry goes deeper then just its outer appearance, making that much more special.

Value in Buying Handmade

There is so much value in buying handmade but it’s only when we slow down are we able to see that value.  Choosing “slow fashion” over “fast fashion” not only allows us to see where our items are produced but involves us in the handmade process.  Each and every one of us is so unique, shouldn’t the items we purchase reflect that?

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Wave Jewelry

There’s something humbling, relaxing and almost zen-like about being at the beach and watching the waves crash against the shore.  The repetition of tiny waves pushing down upon the sand is something I could sit and watch for hours.  Feeling the cool water on my hands and the sand beneath my feet, being by the sea is one of the most amazing feelings.  It’s this feeling that inspired me to create a wave jewelry collection.  I wanted to take that sense of humility and relaxation home with me.  I wanted to wear it and watch it sparkle in the sun, just like the waves gliding across the ocean do.

The funny thing about waves is that they’re present and palpable yet at the same time they’re not.  You can see a wave, you can feel it touching your toes, and you can even hear it crashing against the shoreline but you can never capture a wave.  Waves travel miles to reach us and once they do that’s when they disappear.  Their beauty is fleeting yet enduring almost like a mandala.  A beautiful creation that’s meant to be wiped away, a reminder that we should focus on the present instead of our past or future.  For this and so much more, I love watching the waves and still wish I could put one in a jar to take home with me.

It’s nothing new for us to take what’s beautiful in nature and adorn ourselves with it.  The Greeks wore olive wreaths, Native Americans used roots and berries to paint their faces, and the Egyptians wore gemstones sewn to their clothes.  For me, creating a collection of wave jewelry felt natural and is a way to obtain a vanishing treasure.  Many of my wave jewelry pieces have a hammered finish that reflects sunlight like glistening ocean waves.  I’ve always loved the sparkle of the sea that waves create.

Growing up by the sea was even inspirational for me as a child.  I loved scavenging the beach for seaside treasures that the waves had washed ashore.  I was always intrigued by these treasures and how the ocean seemed to be an endless supplier of beautiful things.  I often collected rocks that had been tumbled smooth by the rolling waves and would place them in bowls of water so that their stunning colors could always be seen.  When people say the ocean is a mystery, that couldn’t be closer to the truth.  The beach rocks that I collected as a child, if left to dry out in the sun would just look like normal rocks, their vivid colors and distinctiveness would only return once placed back in the water.  This as a metaphor holds true for waves as well.  Once you take the wave out of the ocean, it just looks like water.  It’s not until you return it to the sea that it becomes what it once was.





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Wave Quote

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Anchor Quote

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Ocean Quote

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Live, Laugh, Love Quote

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October 5, 2015 · 9:00 am


I’ve been so busy the past few weeks that I forgot to share that I’m now on Instagram! My id is nauticalwheeler.  Here’s a recap of my days 🙂

{1: Cherry blossoms in the park}{2: New napkin rings}{3: Indian food!}

{4: Ikat shorts}{5: New Essie nail polish}{6: Druzy rock collection in my office}

{7: Fluorite Necklaces being sent to Paris}{8: Paisley pillow}{9: Fashion mag + Kate Spade’s}


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Pin All The Things

I loooove Pinterest, an amazing site where you can share pictures, recipes, inspirations & more. I would say my love for Pinterest equals my love for Diet Dr. Pepper {and that says a lot!}. Check out my latest pins below & click here for a laugh!

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Sneak Peek Spring/Summer 2012

Here’s a small snippet of my new Spring/Summer jewelry line, appropriately titled, Somewhere by the Sea. There are a lot of nautical inspired pieces and colors of aqua, coral & sea-foam green. I love to mix colors & materials, this collection is no exception! Most pieces shown here will be available during the first week of February. I’ll also be giving my blog & shop a new look, so stay tuned!


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