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Summer redux: Go back to the beach with Dune Jewelry

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It's not too long after Labor Day that the glow of summer starts wearing away.

Back in an office cubicle or in a classroom, that beach vacation or afternoon enjoying the great American pastime in a ballpark can seem very far away.

But Dune Jewelry offers a way to keep the memories close -- as close as a sterling silver necklace, bracelet or ring that incorporates a tiny bit of sand from your favorite beach, or, in some cases, ball field, park or other vacation-reminiscent spot.

Self-taught jewelry designer Holly Daniels Christensen was raised on Cape Cod and loved beaches from an early age. Her jewelry allows wearers to preserve their memories by choosing a style from one of eight current collections and pairing it with a selection from Dune's "Sandbank"  of more than 1,400 sands from locations all over the world.

Most are beaches but there's a small and growing representation of other locations too. In a scroll though the Sandbank directory I found, for instance, Sedona, Ariz.; Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon; Chicago's O'Hare Airport and the Tampa Bay Rays' infield.

Don't see what you're looking for? You can send in your own sand to have it incorporated into a piece of jewelry. The line includes both women's and men's selections.

Dune jewely is sold online and is stocked by select retailers. Prices range from $40 to $350 for the jewelry. The memories are priceless.


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