I have three friends who make and sell nautical jewelry (and one makes other nautical items as well) that I love wearing. And it’s all boat-friendly and affordable!
Since they are very different styles, I can honestly say that they’re all my favorite!
Mystic Knotwork — Matt and Jill Beaudoin live aboard in Mystic, Connecticut and continue the family business of decorative knotwork started by Matt’s grandfather. In addition to the traditional bracelets, they also make Turk’s Head coasters and napkin rings, welcome mats, Monkey’s Fist key chains, and replacement pulls for lifeline pelican clips amongst lots of other things.
While I’m wearing a white bracelet in the photo, I also have a navy one and they make a wide array of colors. They stretch to go over your hand and will shrink up a bit if you get the bracelet wet — just wet it again when you want to take it off and it’ll stretch back over your hand.
Very affordable with the solid bracelets just $4.25.
NOTE: Purchases from Mystic Knotwork made through the link above help support The Boat Galley.
RobinCat Creations — Robin Aitkin Hardy cruised the Sea of Cortez for 10+ years with her husband Martin aboard their trawler, The Cat’s Meow. One of our closest friends from the Sea, Robin is a talented jewelry maker, hand making exquisite and elegant necklaces and earrings. Whenever I wear the necklace she made for me, I have total strangers stop me, compliment it and ask where to get one of Robin’s creations.
In Robin’s words:
My creations tend to incorporate shells, shell pieces, and beach glass. The shells and other beach-oriented pieces all come from my own beach-combing (mostly in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico), and the abalone pieces are from Martin’s foraging along the shores of northern California. Almost all of my pieces are intricately beaded. The beads are sewn onto a special backing which has been attached to the focal piece(s) with an epoxy glue, then a second layer of the backing is applied, which gives each piece of jewelry a secure, long-lasting and professional finish.
Robin takes much better photos of her work than the selfie I took wearing the necklace she gave me, so the picture is one of her creations that’s currently for sale. Prices start around $20, with most pieces around $40.
- See all RobinCat Creations — click on the photo of any that interest you and you can see the price and there will be a link to contact Robin directly about purchasing it (in other words, there’s no “buy now” button but she responds quickly).
maggie & milly — Melody aboard Vacilando makes these cute shackle bracelets in a variety of colors. Well, I say Melody “aboard Vacilando” — actually Vacilando is for sale and she and husband Chris are now looking for their “forever” boat. We had known each other via our blogs and Facebook, and managed to have lunch together last fall when we found ourselves in the same place!
Melody’s bracelets are made of quick-drying paracord and the shackle is a real stainless shackle (yes, you can use it as a spare).
Do you make nautical jewelry? Leave a description, price range and link to see/purchase in the comments!