Gift Alert: Luna Mar Creative

Kathy McIntire's ocean-inspired jewelry is made in Arlington.

Photo by Erick Gibson

Of all the labels that Kathy McIntire has claimed for herself—interior designer, shop owner (you may remember Prezzies, her McLean gift store that closed in 2008)—jewelry-maker is the one that’s endured the longest.

“I’ve been making jewelry my whole life,” says the Arlington resident and the talent behind Luna Mar Creative. “When I was a kid, it was simple beading and wire wrapping. Now I’ve graduated to working with pearls, semiprecious stones and sterling silver.”

In her Westover home studio, McIntire creates one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by a childhood growing up near coastlines and blue water. “I was a Navy brat,” she says. “I’ve lived everywhere, but always near a beach. I was always in the water, which is where my inspiration comes from.”

Among her collections, you’ll find delicate chandelier earrings dotted with aquamarines and amethysts, and strands of rustic Peruvian opals or freshwater pearls to drape around your neck. Incorporating such elements as leather cords, hammered-metal details and pavé diamond accents, McIntire describes her aesthetic as “modern and edgy but still beautiful and feminine.”

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