by Katie Hendrick | February 1, 2017

Made In FLA: Fossilized by Cresta Bledsoe

Ancient shark teeth as jewels in a modern collection

Cresta Bledsoe transforms prehistoric material into structural, luxurious pieces. Photography by Kelsey Magennis

Cresta Bledsoe transforms prehistoric material into structural, luxurious pieces. Photography by Kelsey Magennis

For Generations, Cresta Bledsoe’s in-laws have foraged for shark teeth on Ponte Vedra Beach. Upon first viewing their huge assemblage, she considered the fossils’ ancient history and how they conjure memories from the seashore.

“They’re a connection to something bigger than you,” she says. That idea seared in her mind, she contemplated turning the natural material into something feminine and precious.

In 2008, she started sketching concepts and two years later launched her eponymous line.

Leaning on her training as an interior designer, Bledsoe envisions pieces that play with negative space, flatter the female form and accentuate each tooth’s shape. One of her master jewelers, based in Florida, is also a stonecutter and watchmaker; his diverse skillset helps Bledsoe create accessories with singular appeal. Among her bestsellers: architectural cuffs, petite chokers, stacked rings and drop necklaces.

While many luxury items involve poaching, Bledsoe’s fine jewelry stands out as a crueltyfree choice. “Shark teeth are just as rare and organic as ivory or fur,” she says.

Collection sold in select boutiques, online and at private showings. crestabledsoe.com

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