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by Holly Daniels Christensen $130.00 - 155.00
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This is a made-to-order item. If you order today your item will ship no later than 8/26/2015.

At this time, this item cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes or to APO/FPO or US Territories. Contact custom@uncommongoods.com with any questions.

Please note: “Send your own sand” version(s) of this item are not available for international customers. For international delivery addresses, please select “choose your own sand” version of this item.

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  • the story

Beachy Keen

Carry a piece of sun, sand and surf wherever you go with Holly Daniels Christensen's beachy pendants, handmade from sand gathered from your choice of 1,800 picturesque world beaches. The jewelrymaker sets textured samples of sand from your favorite sunny spots in sterling silver bezels sealed with jewelry-grade resin. Organic and utterly modern, they're a unique sculptural way to keep summer vacation memories close. Each necklace comes with a card which indicates the source of the sand. Handmade in Massachusetts.

Click here to see a list of all available beaches in Christensen's Sand Bank.

In response to our customers' requests, we are happy to offer you the option to send in your own sand for a more personalized necklace for $155. If you choose to send your own sand, you will be sent a convenient mailer with instructions.

Also, check out our Custom Beach Bracelets.

  • details
Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
20800
Made from
sterling silver, resin, sand
Measurements
18" chain, sand bar: 1.75"L x .25" W, circle pendant: .75" dia
Notes
Care: Polish clean with a soft cloth.
  • the maker
Holly Daniels Christensen

Holly Daniels Christensen

Growing up on Cape Cod, and traveling to coasts across the country, Holly Daniels Christensen has become somewhat of a beach connoisseur. Using the different textures and colors of the world's sands as her palette, Christensen creates memorable jewelry for travelers who wish to prolong their vacations indefinitely. With exquisite accessories that serve more as keepsakes than mere decorations, Christensen's custom creations are the perfect gift or souvenir for adventurers and beach lovers of all ages. Why let nostalgia get the best of you? "Live for the moment, then take it with you." collection

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CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES
 
4.6

(based on 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Meaningful (80)
  • Unique (80)
  • Good quality (64)
  • Pretty (49)
  • Good length (42)

Cons

  • Too short (6)
  • Poor workmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (62)
  • Dress up or down (53)
  • Going out (31)
  • Office (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Classic style (36), Comfort-oriented (33), Practical (29), Stylish (24), Career (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (106), No (13)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Wife (20), Other (15), Mother (12), Self (7), Child (5)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (19), Christmas or hanukkah (19), Other (12), Anniversary (7)

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5.0

Sand necklace

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from Orange, CT

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Length
  • Good Quality
  • Meaningful
  • Pretty
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dress Up or Down

    Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

    Necklace arrived in great shape and looked like a quality piece. My wife loved it. I was right on the cusp of the 4 week lead time so I was nervous it wouldn't arrive on time. I included a note indicating the date of our anniversary and asked nicely if there was anything that could be done to be sure it arrived on time. Sure enough it was 4-5 days prior to our anniversary. THANKS!!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Wife
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Anniversary

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By 

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Elegant
    • Good Length
    • Good Quality
    • Meaningful
    • Pretty
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dress Up or Down
      • Everyday
      • Going Out

      Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

      My wife loved it - made me a hero

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes, Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Wife
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Anniversary

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Great personalized gift!

      By 

      from Nebraska

      About Me Mom 55yrs

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Length
      • Meaningful
      • Pretty
      • Unique
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Delivery Time A Bit Long
      • Plan Ahead For A Gift
      • Wish Sand Wasn't So Dark

      Best Uses

      • Allows-variety Of Styles
      • Dress Up or Down
      • Everyday
      • Going Out
      • Office
      • Personalunique Gift

      Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

      Very unique, can make personal

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes, Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Child
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Looks nothing like my beach's sand

      By 

      from Fairfax, VA

      About Me Career, Stylish

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not as pictured

        Best Uses

          Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

          I've seen a few reviewers post about the difference in color, but I wasn't prepared for the discrepancy. I have walked every foot of the shore in Avalon NJ, and none of it has black sand beaches. This was how the pair of earrings turned out; very, very dark. More than what could account for a different part of the beach, or the sand being wet. Like the other reviewer, giving this to my mother as intended is meaningless, as it looks nothing like the beaches she loves. Hopefully, they'll let me return it, despite the policy.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Mother
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Mother’s Day

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          5.0

          Perfect memory

          By 

          from Groton, MA

          About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Sentimental

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Length
          • Good Quality
          • Meaningful
          • Pretty
          • Unique

          Cons

          • Not Waterproof

          Best Uses

          • Dress Up or Down
          • Everyday

          Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

          I purchased two necklaces of the circle 'send your sand'. I took a video of my daughter scooping sand into a baggie at a beach in Sanibel, FL that my family visits annually. I had one made for my mother's 65th birthday and one for myself. I can see small pieces of seashells along with the sand, which I enjoy. I wear it daily and it is very comfortable. I wasn't sure how they would look because the sand we'd gathered was a little coarse, but it turned out very nicely. The color of the majority of the circle looks like wet sand, so if you're looking for the true color it might not work as you like.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Mother
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

          Comment on this review

           
          1.0

          Had to reorder, necklace was scratched

          By 

          from NJ

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Workmanship

            Best Uses

              Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

              Got this for my sister for a special birthday gift...item was scratched so still waiting for a new necklace to be shipped. Embarrassed and waste of money!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Birthday

              Comment on this review

               
              2.0

              Questionable sand

              By 

              from Las Vegas NV

              About Me Classic, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Unique

              Cons

              • Poor Workmanship
              • Sand Not Correct Color
              • Too Long

              Best Uses

              • Everyday

              Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

              I grew up on Siesta key beach in FL and am very familiar with this sand. I don't know if the correct sand was not used (can't feel it and siesta key sand is distinctively soft) or if the adhesive or another product changed the color but my pure white sand (which i do own a bit of but was reluctant to mail in) is dull gray and full of particles. This beach is world renound for its color and texture, featured yearly on the travel channel! And to top it off b/c it is a custom product there are no returns. Truly disappointing.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No, No
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Self
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Beautiful and thoughtful gift

              By 

              from Maumelle, AR

              About Me Classic

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Meaningful
              • Thoughtful
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

                My husband's family has been traveling to the same beach town every summer for more than 30 years. Being able to give my mother-in-law a piece of that history to wear was amazing.

                The necklace is beautiful, and she absolutely loves it!

                Service and delivery comments:

                Because this was ordered near Christmas, the necklace took longer to arrive than anticipated. Uncommon Goods customer service was extremely helpful in letting me know when it would be arriving.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes, Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Mother
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Birthday

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Beaching in the winter

                By 

                from New Hampshire

                About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Meaningful
                • Pretty
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Dress Up or Down
                  • Everyday
                  • Going Out
                  • Office

                  Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

                  The pendant is simple, yet beautiful with the sand of a Costa Rica beach that my wife has visited and loves. Very special !

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes, Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Wife
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Very pretty and well made

                  By 

                  from Palm Coast, Florida

                  About Me Classic, Practical

                  Pros

                  • Elegant
                  • Good Quality
                  • Meaningful
                  • Pretty
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Dress Up or Down
                    • Everyday

                    Comments about CUSTOM BEACH NECKLACES:

                    Gave this to my mother for Christmas. Chose the three beads, each with sand from a different beach that meant something special to her. She loves it. The bracelet is beautiful. Enclosed card listing the beaches was a nice touch. It made our holiday special.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Mother
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                    Q and A

                    When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                    156votes, 55 comments

                    Samantha
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    These are amazing! What an original idea and the pieces are stunning.

                    Dustin
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    This concept seems awesome! I have tons of memories from the shores of MA, NC and the Caribbean. I would totally be down to gift these to my friends and family that were there for those memories, or even as a way of making new ones! Well done and can't wait till they are available!

                    Tanci
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I totally love this concept of capturing your memories for a lifetime. I have not recieved my piece yet, but soon will. I have loved what I have seen and heard about the individual and her company's beliefs. Would definantely reccommend her product to my friends!

                    Kelly
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    These are beautiful and a fantastic way to take the memory with you!

                    Delaney
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    My Dad is in the Navy and we always live near beaches. I would love to order these!

                    Sara
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    When I get married, I'm going to order these for all my bridesmaids!

                    Darcie
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    These are beautiful pieces!! I am dying to have one.

                    Mikk
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Original, personal, and beautiful in concept and presentation. Mass appeal for all ages. A keepsake thats sure to garner comments and keep memories close at hand. Excellent idea!!!

                    moira
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I live for beach days! These are perfect gifts for those that feel the same way.

                    Sara C.
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    LOVE!!

                    Tannya
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Classy yet edgy. A unique alternative to the traditional keepsakes. A timeless piece for countless occasions.Perfect to personalize. One stop shop! Finally! Thank you!!!

                    Carly K
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Simple and timeless, a great gift that can be so personal and special for a loved one, family, or friend

                    Sandy
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    A unique and peronsal gift for any beach fan.

                    Kimmy
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Kinda interesting but too expensive for me.

                    Laura
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I WANT ONE NOW!!!!!!

                    Seneca
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Its a nice idea but too expensive for me. I can think of people that may enjoy this though.

                    Jennifer
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    great idea, but ridiculously over priced. Make it out of gold and maybe it would be worth the price-tag, but definitely not worth the cost in silver.

                    Justin
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I bought a necklace for my wife out of our honeymoon sand. She wears it all the time.

                    Marc

                    Silver and sand for 130 bucks.I can think of better gifts to get my wife

                    kim
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    love these necklaces, bought one for my sister, it a great way to give a special gift!

                    Katherine
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Beautiful and unique pieces!

                    Donna
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Ridiculous price for a silly idea

                    Michele

                    I just purchased a ring and necklace from holly for my mom for mothers day, just waiting to recieve it in the mail. have seen hollys work several times,gorgeous!!!

                    Julie
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    LOVE this idea!!!

                    julie
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Too overpriced for a simple sterling silver necklace filled with "sand gathered from over 300 shorelines around the world". Sorry, but I'm a skeptic-this could be kids play box sand for all I know!

                    Aaron
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I have seen these first hand and they are amazing quality and worth the price!!! For the poster below me it's not a "mix" of sand. It's your choice if sand from over 300 locations. Imagine giving your wife a necklace with sand from the beach you got married on or where you spent your honeymoon.

                    Tannya
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    To Julie,I believe you pick the sand location. "mounds of sand from your favorite sunny spot" YOUR being the key word. Wouldn't make sense to mix.

                    Melissa
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    The artwork and idea are beautiful. And if you check out the website, for the skeptics out there, you can actually send her the sand you want her to use. Its amazing! I can't wait to get my collection and am eagerly awaiting the new mens ring!

                    Laurie
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Too pricey. Very cool idea but I couldn't afford that as a gift.

                    bernadette
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I'd need to see a list of the beaches and a letter of authenticity STILL very pricey.

                    Leslie
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Gorgeous jewelry, you will not be disappointed. I have a pair of earrings made by Holly, and they are stunning. Very high quality and unique.

                    Kyleigh
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    cool idea, but very pricey

                    Mary
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    I love the idea but the price is far too high for most. Drop the price by half and I would be a purchaser!

                    Amanda
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Cute! It's a great way to remember the beach no matter where you are!

                    adiaha
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    $130 for sand around your neck???? That was truly my first response!

                    Christine
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Good idea! Kind of pricey. She must have a great time visiting all these places!

                    Stephanie
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Too expensive for a necklace.

                    NM
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    Absolutely love the idea, but as many others have noted, the price is far too high. I'm also a bit curious as to how she got all that sand home - legally???? How much sand did she have to take from the beach to market a line of jewelry?

                    Holly
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Hi!! I had to comment only because I completely understand the concern about the amount of beach sand taken from a beach. Most often, the sand is sent to me by a customer from their honeymoon or special vacation. I ask for only about a half of a cup which will last years and years and most people send it in a small, dry water bottle. A portion of all proceeds is donated to coastal preservation programs such as the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and the Surfrider Foundation :)

                    caitlin
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    too pricy, maybe you can offer just to buy 1 instead of 3?

                    Alana
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I love the idea but the price is way too high!

                    Tina

                    I like it and I understand that the cost might be so high due to getting the sand from so many places, but I don't see many of these selling for this price. It's cheaper and more memorable to make your own.

                    Rebecca
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    I think it would be cool to put the sand in yourself from a beach you've actually been to.

                    Sam
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I bought one of these necklaces last Mother's Day from our childhood beach house and my Mom went crazy! People have been sending in sand for 3 or 4 years and that is how the artist has collected over 375 individual beaches worldwide. She keeps the sand in stock and the jewelry is made from individual beaches that you can choose from a list...it is not a mix of random beach sand. Just FYI :)

                    Fran
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I think they are really pretty.

                    Stephanie
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    LOVE this but would never buy it for over $50. WAy too expensive for my taste

                    Christine
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    I agree with what Rebecca said totally. Plus way too expensive.

                    Stacy
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    something you could make yourself for $20.

                    amy
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Way too expensive, but really like the necklaces

                    Connor
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    very cool idea, but way too expensive!

                    Mary
                    Vote: Thumbs down!

                    WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY too expensive for what it is!

                    joli
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I've seen Holly's peices in person, and they strike up quite a conversation due to their unique design and stunning presentation. They look so beautiful on. 130 dollars doesn't seem like too much for handcrafted jewelry with sand from your favorite location. Authenticity has never been an issue as you can see all the jewelery has different sand and she has pictures of herself on the beaches :) Plus, her reviews are marvelous!

                    Madelyn
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    I'm shocked that people think $130 is expensive for a piece of jewelry! Glad I'm not dating any of you, lol. As a jeweler myself, I know silver is currently $40 an ounce. Factor in that its hand made and anyone can see where the price comes from. Seriously people, what kind of jewelry do you wear? The kind that turns your neck green??

                    LisaNoShore
                    Vote: Thumbs up!

                    Holly's work is amazing! I had her make a bracelet for me out of sand from 2 beacehs that I chose! The sand comes from beaches OF YOUR CHOOSING

                    Peter

                    I bought one of these for my wife and she loves it. She always has a memory of a special time with her.

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