My obsession with all things of-the-sea has been growing rapidly as summer heats up and I find myself stranded in a land-locked state thousands of miles from sand and surf. To bring a little marine life to my own life in the tallgrasses of Kansas, I’ve been scouring Etsy and some of my other favorite online shops for ocean-inspired jewelry.
Paired with my obvious favorites — anything coral or turquoise — these pieces will accent my summer “beachy cas” style while adding a glimmer of hope that someday soon I will find myself lying on an oversize towel watching the waves crash into each other.
The teacher man’s sister showed me this gorgeous starfish cuff from Anthropologie a few weekends ago — such a quirky, unique piece whose star power has risen ever since it was spotted on Gossip Girl character Serena’s arm this season. It’s made of reclaimed copper, sterling silver and zinc, and has intricate detailing throughout.
Casted from original sea urchins off the coast of Jamaica, these 18-karat gold-plated sea urchin pearl earrings are made of sterling silver plated and set with beautiful recessed pearls. Definitely not your average pair of pearl studs.
A little flashier than some of my other picks, Coach’s beach ring set features a glittering starfish and clamshell.
Dangle a bit of the sea from your ears. These fun, funky silver coral reef earrings are lightweight and plated with rhodium.
For a tougher take on ocean-inspired jewelry, try on an octopus tentacle stacker ring. It’s a little bit punk, a little bit odd and 100 percent chic. Etsy artist OctopusMe can even sandwich a small stone in between the ends of the tentacle to personalize your ring.
Probably the most formal of my ocean-inspired jewlery picks, these silver lotus earrings with freshwater pearls remind me more of pearl-laden oysters than pearl-laden lotus flowers — it’s all open to interpretation, right?