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When I was growing up, I would visit my grandparent’s large farm outside of Baltimore, Maryland. On weekends, my Aunt Janice who I called A.J. would pick me up after she got off from work and we would spend the quiet days roaming the farm. One of my favorite pastimes was walking the winding stream by the swimming hole. I became completely enthralled with all the pretty colors and the shapes of the different stones we would find. A.J. and I would always put our collection of stones in our pockets to show my Grandparents when we got back to the house where I would play with them for hours.
As I grew older, A.J. expanded my horizons on stones through books and by taking me to local stone shows and rock shops in the area. Soon I began to identify the stones we would find on our farm excursions.
When I was nine, A.J. took me on my first airplane trip and bus tour. We visited Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Red Creek Canyon, Zion Canyon, and Yellow Stone National Park. When everyone else would go to the different stores shopping, A.J. and I would take off our shoes and socks and walk the rivers, filling our socks with all the precious gems of the area. Back on the bus, our finds were surely the hot topic of the day.
After High School, I attended college in Elkins, W.V. While there, as often happens, other things would catch my attention, but I still carried the love and appreciation for gemstones. I would always have some kind of stone around me, either in my pocket or on my desk. When I was not feeling well or out of balance in some way, I was always drawn to my beautiful stones. Somehow, those gems would always make me feel better.
I pursued my goal of helping children after college, armed with a BS degree in Elementary Education, Child Psychology and Social Work. I enjoyed this work, but I had a feeling something was missing.
After many years, I met a gentleman, who created beautiful necklaces and rings by wrapping stones in gold filled or sterling silver wire. Watching and talking to him for hours as he created his jewelry, I finally asked him to teach me how to make the beautiful pendants and rings. Although he only taught one or two students every couple of years–both not wanting to saturate the market with the art or for it to become a dying craft–he agreed to teach me. His teachings have changed my life forever and MJB’s Gem Wrap was born.
“Mother Nature did the artwork, I just put a frame around it.”
I did around 37 craft shows a year on the East Coast for about five years. One day while in Lewes, Delawareand I saw a quaint shop with a sign that read “space available“. I decided that it was time to settle in one location and opened Just For You, Unique Gifts.
Several people have asked me why I changed the name of the store from Just For You Unique Gifts to Sand N Stones, Delaware and Nature Shoppe. Right now in my life, I am at a cross roads, I am finding that I am re-creating myself once again. Perhaps it is because I reached a mild milestone in my, life hitting the big 40, or perhaps it is just because the world today is a very different world then what it was just a few years ago.
Today, I am enjoying simpler things, like spending time with my love ones that includes my Yorkie, wire wrapping, spending time walking the gardens and beaches of Delaware picking up Sea Glass, Sea Pottery, Cape May Diamonds (which I call Delaware Bay Diamonds), Beach Stones, and Shells and photographing Delmarva and all of its beauty and going to rock and gem shows and gift shows.
I want to provide my customers with a store that they could come and educate themselves about the area through books and reference guides on Delaware and Mid-Atlantic wildlife and nature. Sell my one of a kind custom wire framed jewelry that I do on site while they wait and local photography on note cards and matted prints.
When I think of Lewes, I think of Cape Henlopen State Park where I spend countless hours walking and photographing my surroundings, and “Living The Lewes Life:®. I also think of the rich history that Lewes has to offer. I knew that this would be the perfect place for Sand N Stones, Delaware & Nature Shop.
Sand N Stones, Delaware, Nature & Sea Glass Shop in Lewes, Delaware is where artisan, jewelry designer, Michele J. Buckler creates and sells her wire wrapped jewelry and photography. Michele feels that she wire wraps the piece and when she is finished it turns into a wire framed piece of art that you can wear and enjoy. That is why her slogan is…. “Mother Nature Does The Artwork, I Put A Frame Around It!” Michele feels that she frames each piece of jewelry as though it was a picture, showcasing each piece uniqueness and beauty. She has been collecting stones, sea glass and beach treasures in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia since she was a young girl, and has been able to turn her passion for gemstones, marbles, sea glass or beach glass, sea china and Delaware Bay diamonds, into a business.
Michele offers a collection of 14 K Gold-Filled, rose gold, and Anti-Tarnish (Argentium AG925) Sterling Silver or a combination of both (two-tone) wire framed jewelry. You can choose a gem out of one of the cases in the store to be wrapped, or she will be happy to custom wire wrap a special gemstone, coin, sea glass or beach glass, beach stones, broken fine bone china or pottery, arrowhead, Delaware Bay Diamond (A.K.A. Cape May Diamond), glass shards, coin, button, marbles, Swarovski Crystal, beads, or almost anything that you already own. She will also be glad to put a new look to an old piece of jewelry.
She makes necklaces pendants, pins, earrings, and rings, using a variety of common and uncommon gems. The end result is a custom piece of jewelry with it’s own story and emotional connection that is meant to be worn and loved for generations. In most cases Michele can wire wrap it for you while you are enjoying your day in Lewes, Delaware.
Michele is also known for her knowledge of gemstones and sea glass / beach glass and carries a large selection of local nature and sea glass related items in Sand N Stones. It truly is “Your One Stop Sea Glass Shop!”
Besides her wire framed jewelry Michele is also known for her photography. Michele has been interested in photography since she was in high school it was something that she and her father did together. She enjoys capturing through a lens how she sees our beautiful Delaware and Eastern Shore wildlife and landmarks. When she opened up Sand N Stones, Delaware & Nature Shop in Lewes, it was a natural fit, for her to start selling some of her local interest photographs on cards and prints in her shop.
Michele embodies her slogan, "Mother Nature Does The Artwork, Michele Puts A Frame Around It."
Sand N Stones also carries Delaware History books and nature resource guides, “Living The Lewes Life“® and Lewes Insignia© merchandise, Sandy Delaware Ornaments, Sergio Lub bracelets, Delaware souvenirs, gifts, and mementos. Michele says that her "Ideal Customer" are those who enjoy wearing one-of-a-kind custom artisans jewelry. Michele enjoys having her store in a beautiful small beach town enriched with lots of nature and history and loves the creativity of handmade jewelry designers which is reflected in the merchandise in her store and on her website.