It's July and Summer is in full swing! This is one of our favorite times of year here at the store, not just because of warm weather and crab feasts, but also the fun bright jewelry that Summertime brings. It's vacation season, too! And if you haven't taken one yet, you're probably gearing up to spend a few days on a boat, beach, or boardwalk. Below are some of our favorite pieces to bring along on your travels.
OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND
Most Marylanders take at least a weekend trip out to Ocean City at some point during the Summer. We all have that friend with a condo or know someone's parents who have a camper and with the Atlantic Ocean so close, it's hard to resist an impromptu trip over the Bay Bridge. One of our favorite lines for OC travel has got to be Kameleon Jewelry's Summer Love Collection. Their new seaside bracelet reminds us of strolling down the boardwalk in a cute seersucker dress, listening to the seagulls and cooling off with an ice cream cone from Dumser's... but back to the blog... Kameleon's JewelPops are perfect for the vacationer who doesn't want to pack a lot of jewelry but wants to keep her options open. Grab a pair of their stylish sunglasses, a necklace, bracelet, and earrings to wear on the car ride over and carry all your favorite pops in Kameleon's compact, tucked neatly in your bag. Done and done!
ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS
It's just better in the Bahamas, right? If you're hopping on a plane or ship to get to your dream vacation this Summer, you're going to want to accessorize with bright bold statement pieces that are both easy to pack and fun to wear. Tagua necklaces, earrings, and bracelets by Encanto Jewels are only available during the Summer months at Maertens. Every piece is expertly handcrafted using tagua seeds from the rainforests of Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil. Not only does this jewelry look great with your favorite maxi dress, it's created through ethically and environmentally conscious business practices that support women throughout South America. Talk about a win-win! Another benefit to bringing tagua jewelry along on your travels is that it's not the end of the world if (Heaven forbid) a piece gets lost or damaged. The line ranges from $18 to about $85 so it's easy to get a big look for a small price!
OUTER BANKS, NORTH CAROLINA
For a different set of beaches, many of us head down to Route 12 for some Outer Banks fun. Whether you like the energized atmosphere of Kitty Hawk or the laid back scene in Buxton, OBX is where it's at for a beach vacation a little farther from home. Something we especially love about the area is all of its lighthouses that are open to the public. They're a huge part of the Outer Banks' maritime heritage and a neat way to work in a little history while on vacation. The lighthouse pendant by Penny James Jewelry Co. is the perfect piece to wear on your OBX vaca... when in Rome, right? Penny James is branded line of jewelry designed by our own Heather Maertens. We carry it in the store and online!
Of course, even if you're going full stay-cation this Summer, these collections are perfect for accessorizing your warm weather wardrobe. This is the best time of year to add a splash of color to your jewelry box without breaking the bank. So before heading out of town, be sure to stop by the store. We'd love to help you accessorize your beach attire or even just clean and check your jewelry so your vacation is as sparkly as possible!