sneak peek of new jewels

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Some new jewelry hitting the site very soon, including a few pieces from the Molten Coral Collection … stay tuned 😉

turquoise. opal. mixed metals. + more

as always, handcrafted by the sea in California

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of salt sand & s i l v e r

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<<<  OF SALT, SAND & SILVER >>>

Our new summer Lookbook is here! When searching for inspiration, I had a very specific vision for the Lookbook and I am in awe of how beautifully our photographer, Drew, was able to capture it. To say he is talented is an understatement. He has an amazing eye,  and is such a humble person, letting his work behind the lens do the talking. Our model and muse, Kestrel, is not only beautiful on the outside, but is also an incredibly genuine and happy person. These are some of the first things you notice about her, as she always has that beautiful smile on her face! As for the vision behind the Lookbook, I really wanted to go with tons of whites and neutrals, so the jewels would really stand out. I had this raw idea of focusing on saltwater, sand, and silver, which sort of became the entire theme of the Lookbook. Over the past few months Mermaid by Hand has undergone some changes, adding many more dainty pieces to the collection, so I wanted to show that you can still make a big statement with just small simple silver pieces, such as stacking on tons of sterling silver rings. The mediums I have been focusing on using lately include seaglass, abalone, turquoise, spiney oyster, wampum, opal, cowrie shells, arrowheads, just to name a few. The majority of our designs are inspired by the sea. To complete the jewelry, I wanted some crazy makeup, and messy hair, but not too over the top. Our H&M artist, Jessica, created two looks that I thought I could have only dreamt up and it worked so so well with all the pieces we used in the shoot. We called Kes our little Mermaid Fairy (complete with many accents…jamaican, wisconsin, english, canadian…just to name a few. This always makes for a fun photoshoot…Drew I’m talking to you too! ha ha) The location choice was a bit last minute, but it ended up being just right. There is nothing more magical than the rugged California coastline. I’m so grateful to have had such a wonderful team shooting this and excited to share these photos with the world.

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All jewelry seen is Mermaid by Hand // many pieces available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mermaidbyhand

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Clothing and accessories from:

Shop Van de Vort white romper

http://shopvandevort.com

Reformation dress

http://thereformation.com

Wild & Free Headdress

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wildandfreejewelry

hand crocheted bikini by Ambika Boutique

http://www.facebook.com/ambikaboutique

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Model:Kestrel Jenkins of Awear2014

https://www.facebook.com/AWEAR2014

http://www.awear2014.com

instagram @awear2014

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Photographer: Drew McGill

https://www.facebook.com/drewmcgillphoto

http://drewmcgillphoto.wordpress.com

instagram @drewfoto

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H & M: Jessica Tyransky

http://www.facebook.com/JessicaTyranskyHairAndMakeup

instagram @jtyranskyhairandmakeup

RAINBOW WARRIOR

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Here are my favorite photos from Bahgsu Jewels new lookbook, Rainbow Warrior, shot on location in Hawaii. From the jewels, to the tropical & mystical locations, the exotic model, to the props, I don’t think this lookbook could get any better. And talk about a creative couple! While Maggie creates some of the most beautiful, magical jewelry I have ever laid my eyes on, her partner, Chris Del Moro happens to be a super rad artist and surfer who did all the body paint for this shoot. (I was lucky enough to receive an original piece of his for my Birthday from my boyfriend.) The styling is so perfect, and beachy bohemian. Clothes, accessories, and swimwear from some of my most favorite labels such as Spell Designs, Acacia Swimwear, She Made Me, and Wild & Free. Thank you all for being such big inspirations to me. Happy Tuesday!!!

Photos by Keith Ketchum

shop the beautiful jewels at http://www.bahgsujewels.com and see the rest of the lookbook, plus the beautiful film!

gypsylovinlight

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I have been following Helen of Gypsylovinlight ever since she created her style blog and instagram and absolutely adore her. Not only is she an amazing stylist, her words flow beautifully in every single post and I truly admire the openness she shares of her journey to finding self love. She is nothing short of inspiring and here is a little glimpse into how this beautiful soul has styled her Mermaid by Hand turquoise ring and sterling silver wave ring. She is the queen of perfectly stacking rings and it is an honor to see my creations amongst some longtime favorites like Spell Designs, Penny for Your Thoughts Jewellery, and many more amazing labels. To see more on this beautiful gypsy, check out her blog, http://www.gypsylovinlight.com

glass beach // calling all sea glass lovers

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If you are an avid beach comber and sea glass collector like me, you HAVE to check out Glass Beach near Fort Bragg in Northern California. I learned about it from a friend and have yet to make the trip up there, but I sense it will happen in the very near future! I just finished my first “official” sea glass bezel ring and I could not be happier with how it turned out! I have definitely found what I want to do with my life. Using sea glass for jewelry helps the environment because the beautiful sea glass you find was technically created from someone polluting the beach. Fortunately more and more people are becoming less ignorant about polluting, but that also means the amount of sea glass is becoming less plentiful…therefore the value of it is very likely to continue increasing.

The photo below is my finished sea glass ring. Stay tuned for many, many more designs that will be available to purchase! Part of the proceeds of each will go to The Sato Project. The Sato Project (aka The Dead Dog Beach Project) was started by a very dedicated group of people who are devoted to rescuing abandoned and abused animals from Puerto Rico. My love of collecting sea glass and creating jewelry first started when I lived in Puerto Rico. Having adopted a Sato (Puerto Rican slang for mut), I feel very inclined to help out this wonderful cause!

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So many more designs are currently in the making!

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