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BY AVIEL KANTER SRQ DAILY FRESHLY SQUEEZED CONTENT EVERY MORNING TUESDAY APR 11, 2017

Chris Bales finds inspiration in bodies of water from coast to coast. Sea shells on the beaches of the Jersey Shore called out to her to create her first hand-made jewels as a child. Now, the Gulf Coast beckons, along with the natural materials found in Mexico and Bali, fueling her use of colorful gemstones, pearls, fossils, shells and beads. See the Mexican influence and Bali-style oceanic opulence in aqua-hued stone necklaces, bracelets and dewdrop earrings. Each piece channels the energy found in the crashing waves and tranquil lagoons across continents. Bales' company, Elligators Sterling Silver Jewelry, has a collection on view locally at 530 Burns Gallery. 

Image courtesy of 530 Burns Gallery.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ln., Sarasota, 941-951-0620.

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