Silver Coast Designs

because everybody needs more nature.

because everybody needs more nature!

INSPIRATION

Here at Silver Coast Designs, we think nature is the bees knees, and we know you do too. Sometimes though, life can be so crazy that we get overwhelmed and forget to stop and smell the roses. That’s why we want to draw your attention to the everyday beauty all around you, not by creating anything new, but by embellishing what is already there, because really, nature does it best.

When making jewelry, we start with organic materials such as a leaf or seashell, then through a special process called electroforming, we coat those items in pure copper or silver, thereby enshrining them for eternity. We also use more traditional metal-smithing methods to build jewelry from scratch using silver and gold and astonishing natural gemstones.

Our handcrafted lighting is made using items recycled by nature such as sea glass and driftwood, as well as fishing rope we find on the beach, thereby getting it out of the ocean where it is harmful to marine life.

We are confident that in our designs you will sense a celebration of nature. We hope that our pieces will help ground and center you, inspiring you to breathe a little deeper, laugh a little louder, dream a little bigger.

 xo – Meagan & Micah

Micah and Meagan Gittins Silver Coast Designs

Hi there, I’m Meagan!

I make jewelry and decor for nature lovers who appreciate uniquely beautiful items that just can’t be found anywhere else. I am passionate about designing for women like you who love collecting jewelry and decor that tells a story and is as individual as they are. 

When I was 31 years old I had a hysterectomy that went really badly. After that traumatic event I was left with some pretty bad anxiety and several health problems. Suddenly I was adjusting to hormonal changes and the feeling that I had completely lost the active, happy person I had been, and I couldn’t see a way back to her.

Fast forward a few years, my husband and I moved to Portugal where for the first time in my life I was able to live within walking distance to a beach. I was spending a lot of time walking one particular beach which was very secluded and quiet. During that time I started collecting sea glass, pebbles, shells, driftwood, algae, really anything that was interesting and beautiful.

beachcombing for my mental health

Only later did I learn about “mindfulness”, but basically that’s what I was practicing while walking on the beach and collecting. Essentially, mindfulness is focusing on your body and senses as well as the environment while allowing yourself to think and feel. Then exploring those thoughts and feelings, examining why you feel that way, without judging. This process, combined with the connection to nature, the sea air and the serenity of my environment helped me to heal, accept what had happened to me, and begin to look for ways to become a better, stronger person for it.

 

becoming a maker

I had always been a creative person, but as I began to heal emotionally I started to discover this burning need to create. I had all these ocean treasures I had been collecting, so I thought I’d see what I could make with them. I began with lighting, and quickly started making jewelry as well. Before I knew it, I was selling my pieces. I am completely self-taught, learning by trial and error, which is probably one of the reasons my pieces are so unique and unexpected.

why i do what i do

I believe that my personal experience has made me more connected to the natural world than I ever would have been otherwise. I know firsthand the restorative power of fresh air and sunshine. I am convinced that gratitude for everyday beauty gives us an inner peace that we all need now more than ever. Life is hard, but it is also beautiful, and that beauty is what makes the hard stuff endurable. I hope that through my jewelry and decor you also become more connected to nature, more aware of the beauty that surrounds you, more joyful.

Are you ready to find your one-of-a-kind, joy-inspiring piece? Click below to start shopping!

made for you

If you feel a deep connection to nature, if you find peace and inspiration on the seashore or in the mountains, if you love the details of a leaf or seashell, my jewelry is made for you.

If you appreciate the perfect imperfection of sea glass and driftwood, and you want to make a real statement in your home décor, my lights are for you. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and seeing which of my pieces were made just for you!

What is “handmade”?

What does “handmade” mean when referring to jewelry? Good question, it can mean lots of different things depending on who you are talking to. Here at Silver Coast Designs, it means slow-crafted, small-batch, made-from-scratch. For metal-smithed pieces (like the one in the picture) I start with sheet metal and wire or recycled metal scraps, then build the entire piece from there. Follow me on Instagram to see “behind the scenes” photos and videos. You can read more about the electroforming process in my FAQs section.

handcrafted silver tourmaline and jasper pendant

WE BELIEVE IN:

"sunset stone" pink orange and earrings in copper

keeping it real

With us, what you see is what you get. We are real people, and for now it’s just the two of us behind the scenes of this small business. Follow our Instagram account to see our works in progress and get to know us a little better. And please say “hi” by sending us a message or commenting on our posts!

woman standing on a cliff looking out at the sea

loyalty

We love our loyal customers, but we know loyalty is a two-way street. That’s why we want to show you our appreciation for your loyalty with our rewards program. By signing up you’ll automatically start earning points to use towards future purchases, free shipping, and more! 

woman picking up plastic on a beach

being nature friendly

At Silver Coast Designs we think nature lovers should be “nature friendly”. We use eco-friendly shipping materials whenever possible, sometimes even reusing boxes and bubble wrap. We use many upcycled and recycled items in our designs from sea glass and driftwood to silver and copper. If your packaging is wrapped with sari silk scraps or nylon fishing rope, know that these are also recycled materials. And while beachcombing for ocean treasures we show our love for the sea by picking up plastic that washes up onshore. This is not a political statement, it’s a statement of love and appreciation.