Photo by Ronit Fahl

Photo by Ronit Fahl

Eventually man, too, found his way back to the sea. Standing on its shores, he must have looked out upon it with wonder and curiosity, compounded with an unconscious recognition of his lineage. He could not physically re-enter the ocean as the seals and whales had done. But over the centuries, with all the skill and ingenuity and reasoning powers of his mind, he has sought to explore and investigate even its most remote parts, so that he might re-enter it mentally and imaginatively.
— Rachel Carson

Beach Bones, a reference to shells, is a collection of jewelry made by designer Nicolette Peterson in San Diego, CA.  Her work explores the contrast between nature and human design.  A self-taught metalsmith, she uses shells she finds beach combing to cast, drill and build metal structures that allow one to wear these miraculous specimens on the body.  She sees it as a collaboration with mother nature, using jewelry as a vehicle to connect us with our environment.

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