Made in Virginia 2014: Moonrise Jewelry, Cape Charles

Moonrise Jewelry

Photo by Shanaz Bowman

“It’s taking something that would otherwise be trashed, and making it something beautiful,” says Cape Charles-based Meredith Restein of her fish leather cuffs. Despite what may seem at first like an improbable combination, the brand’s bestselling bracelets are crafted from the skins of perch, carp and salmon, each with a distinct scale pattern—detritus from the canning industry. Once the scales are removed, the scale pocket (soft tissue located just under the scale, which helps a new scale form once an original is torn off) remains; it’s the leather of these pockets, produced in a Canadian tannery from fish harvested around the world, that encase the bracelet’s adjustable copper core. Some of Restein’s cuffs are embellished with silver, pearl or crystal, but we like them best when the fish leather speaks for itself. $49.

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