Handmade in the mountains of Santa Cruz, CA
By Amber Duncan
Inspired by travel and tradition, Mountainside Jewelry brings a rustic aesthetic into modern times with styles that strive to be timeless, cherished amulets. Various forms are made using a combination of metal work, hand cutting stones in a local lapidary shop, and the ancient process of lost wax casting.
A mixture of idle hands and a passion for treasure hunting and creative reconstruction gives new life to neglected relics and ruins. From flea markets to antique shops, Amber slowly gathers beads, stones, charms, long lost pendants, broken chains, missing earrings, unloved trinkets and forgotten goods, which are then carefully cleaned, drilled, hammered, cut, soldered, cast, or reshaped. She is fascinated with the stories behind discarded objects, the unknown past uses and sentimentality. For each piece, a new story begins.