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dune jewelry: oh, the beaches i’ve been!

Dune Jewelry necklace

For so many of us, summer means beach. Just mention a specific beach, and you’re transported right back to very specific moments and memories.

So when Dune Jewelry offered to custom make a necklace for me, I literally went back through the sands of time to figure out which places to honor.

You see, Dune makes gorgeous jewelry featuring real sand from the beaches that are meaningful to you. They have a Sandbank — don’t you love that name?! — of sand from more than 2000 beaches around the world, or you can send them your own.

I spent so much time on their site, reading the touching stories by customers and trying to decide which piece of jewelry I wanted — a ring? a bracelet? earrings? — before choosing the Port O’Call necklace.

I fell in love with this piece for many reasons, one of the main ones being that I got to use sand from three different beaches! As someone who loves the beach, this is great because each one brings back so many amazing memories.Dune Jewelry sand1. The Hamptons. When the kids were little, we spent many happy summers in a house we rented in Quogue. I can so vividly recall the sense of peace I felt out there, with our Chow Chow, Sophie, lying under her favorite tree in front and the beautiful bay in our backyard.

2. Santorini. Our family took a Mediterranean cruise many years ago, and Santorini was definitely a highlight. The sand plays a big part in our memories because it was so hot, we have hilarious pictures of Michael and Alex running across it in their boxers. I laugh every time I think about it.

3. Aruba. Michael and I honeymooned there 34 years ago. It was the start of an incredible marriage for which I’m grateful every day and it was just the first of a lifetime of beach memories together. I will always have a special place in my heart for Aruba.

Go extend the summer with a trip to the Dune Jewelry website. These pieces would make really personal and meaningful gifts, and I think I just may be ordering a few more.

Which beach has special significance to you? Why?


  1. Wow, these necklaces are so cool! I wonder if they have any from Maui?

    • They do! I would pick Maui as well. My favorite, however, is the beautiful pink sands of Bermuda. Our honeymoon spot is a place we love to visit. My third would be Jamaica, where my husband hails from!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That is a really pretty necklace. I love the charms.

  3. What a creative keepsake! What a smart idea. I wonder what happens to sand saved from Hawaii, though, I’ve been told by natives that the sand should never, ever leave the islands or the sand thief shall be cursed.

  4. What an awesome necklace! I love the meaning behind each sand you chose.

  5. We honeymooned in Little Dix Bay which is on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands and it was magnificent. The waters were so blue and the sand was pink like in Bermuda. Ahh. I loved it so.

    I love all beaches and this jewelry would be perfect for me!

  6. Love this so much! What a great idea AND the necklace is pretty too. On my way to check it out.

  7. What an amazing idea and way to keep a good memory close to your heart! I have been to some memorable beaches but the one that has my heart is Miller Beach in Gary, Indiana — yes, Gary, Indiana. My mom took us there almost every weekend, summer, winter, spring, and fall when I was a really little girl. If I close my eyes I can see, hear, and smell it. Thank you for that nice little trip down memory lane. Going to check out the company/product now!

  8. What a lovely piece of jewelry. I have never seen anything like it before. It looks so elegant!

  9. I LOVE this kind of jewelry, and now that my kids are older I think this might be something they would like as well. There is a Holiday coming you know….

  10. Sorrento Beach in Santa Monica. I hung out there every summer while in high school. Love this jewelry.

  11. This is such a cool piece of jewelry!! I would love to get one of these necklaces! I love the beach!!

  12. Wow what a beautifully made necklace. I like the idea of being costum made so it’s one of kind. Anything unique and i’m so in.

  13. What a nice way to preserve special memories. I can see myself using sand from the beaches of Lake Michigan.

  14. This is definitely a timeless piece that can be worn with anything. How cool is it that Jewelry can be made from Sand

  15. I love this jewelry – and you have inspired me to look for some off the beaten path pieces. I am headed out on vacation tomorrow for a week.

  16. I know everyone who has been to Santorini loves Santorini. 🙂 I like to find nice jewelry, and the dangling jewels are a fave.

  17. There appears to be no end to the cute jewelry ideas that I want. No end!

  18. Ah dang… looks like I am going to have to go back to Hawaii so I can make one of these necklaces 🙂 We are going to florida in December so I am going to have to start a memory necklace 🙂

  19. This is so cool! I grew up in Hawaii and would love to have sand jewelry from there to remind me of home.

  20. I will love this jewelry! My husband and I were married on a New Jersey Beach, his son and my brother’s ashes are scatered on that beach too. We honeymooned and visit Daytona Beach at least 4 times a year and vacation on another Jersey beach with our kids and grandkids every year.

  21. Oh that is amazing! I would love to get a necklace made from the beaches of the Caribbean that I’ve been to.

  22. What a gorgeous necklace! Mine would be made up of nothing but Wildwood beach sand!

  23. Too clever and lovely!

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