Tropic Thunder


My favorite summertime jewels that I’ve been sporting on the blog lately are by Charleston designer Kate Davis.  A former dive instructor and marine biologist, Kate tapped into her creative side and launched her sea inspired jewelry line over a decade ago.  She incorporates natural materials derived from the ocean such shells, shark teeth, abalone, mother of pearl, mixed with semi-precious stones set in her signature hammered gold.  Her collection is endless with hundreds of designs and she hand makes everything in her James Island studio.  Kate Davis is an incredible one woman show and juggles being a mom, which I can relate to and respect.  Her designs have even graced the pages of numerous Sport Illustrated Swimsuit issues many times.  Whether you wear her beachy jewels layered and stacked or feature one statement piece, you instantly feel like a summer goddess.

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Caribbean Fever Maxi by Mink Pink $105 from House of Sage //  Aurora Opal ring $75, Paua Wave Collar $205, Beqa shark tooth cuff $145, Cowrie shell cuff $142, Atoll Cuff in turquoise $210 all by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva // Darrah sandals by Dolce Vita $70 from Shoes on King

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing