An Ocean of Style: Sealife Inspirations for Fashion Accessories

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by Jessie, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

Like fashion, the ocean is always changing. So, it's natural for the ocean to inspire and influence the world of style. Dive in to discover how this continuing trend can inspire or change the tide of your jewelry creations. From the elegant to the whimsical and wave shapes to starfish necklaces, there's an ocean of interpretations out there. Chart a course to your own.

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Ocean-inspired jewelry and accessories draw elements that keep the style distinct from the nautical/sailor theme. Shapes from nature such as shells, seahorses, starfish, lobsters and crabs are used while avoiding manmade objects such as boats, lighthouses and buoys.

Sea-Style Materials
Natural shells, pearls and coral are the touchstone gemstones of this trend. While all three materials naturally come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, you will also find them dyed in a range of delightful colors, from rich oceanic blues and greens, to bright tropical-fish pinks and yellows.

An Ocean of Style: Sealife Inspirations for Fashion Accessories An Ocean of Style: Sealife Inspirations for Fashion Accessories An Ocean of Style: Sealife Inspirations for Fashion Accessories

Charms and pendants in recognizable shapes such as starfish are extremely popular.

You can also try embossing and stamping designs on fabrics and papers, then embed them in colorful resins and under clear cabochons for "under the waves" looks.

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Even the guys get to dip their toes into this trend, with metallic-finished shark's teeth and deep-water shades like dark green, midnight blue and black.

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Use images of sea life to enhance other accessories too: clutch purses made out of entire shells, summer shoes bedecked in beads and charms, mermaid-draped purses and fish scale-inspired sequin and chainmaille metallic components.

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