On a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico during spring break, Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick found themselves on a beach, holding a battered tourist map. Sick of the collegiate shenanigans around them, Mr. Higman suggested they ditch the bars, take the map and walk the 30 miles of shoreline to the next town.
Talk about soaking up some rays this summer. Sundrop Jewelry uses a giant 31-by-41-inch Fresnel lens - originally designed for lighthouses - to focus the the power of that bright orange orb in the sky to melt glass into delicate teardrops.
How did a paleontologist, a writer/environmental activist, a softwear designer and a geologist end up running a jewelry business? Well, it all started, as these things so often do, with fire.
I am constantly amazed at the new ways that independant jewelers come up with to make unique and interesting jewelry. With today's increased awareness about our impact on the planet, a new inspiring trend of socially and environmentally aware jewelry is happening...
As a child, did you ever use a magnifying glass to barbeque ants? Sizzle flies? Burn leaves? Don't worry, we won't tell. Someone who may fall into this category has found an ingenious way to harness the sun's power to make jewelry.