Icarus + Co. transforms Nantucket beach stones into wearable art.
Collecting stones off the beach has long been a way of holding on to the island a little bit tighter. There’s something about that precious rock that transports us right back to the sound of crashing waves, the smell of the sea and the warmth of the sun on our faces. Now, two talented Nantucket designers have channeled that nostalgic power of beach stones into stunning pieces of jewelry.
“The energy of Nantucket is captured in ocean-tumbled, local beach stones and crafted by hand into one-of-a-kind jewelry,” says Caroline Mullen who owns Icarus + Co. with her longtime friend and fellow jewelry designer Krys DeMauro. “Using our proprietary process, we are the only artists on the planet who cast with beach stones.”
Walking the beaches of Nantucket with their puppies, the two friends search for the perfect stones to elevate into necklaces, earrings and bracelets. “We select each stone, searching for just the right shape, feel and energy,” explains DeMauro. From the beach, they return to their studio workshop on 19 Old South Wharf where they handcraft one-of-a-kind designs in wax, which they then replace with molten metal.
The finished products are simply exquisite, all at once imbued with the organic essence of the beach and the refined beauty of high-end jewelry. Indeed, Mullen and DeMauro breathe new life into these stones, which have journeyed perhaps thousands of years to adorn their recipients. Thanks to these pieces of wearable art, no matter how far you stray from Nantucket, you’ll always have your very own piece of the rock.
Visit Caroline and Krys at their Icarus + Co. studio on 19 Old South Wharf where in addition to shopping their extensive creations, you can also watch them crafting their one-of-a-kind pieces at their workbench. You can also peruse their collections online at icarusandco.com.