Quality Handmade Jewelry & Gifts

About Us

Welcome! Art is a way of life for all of us. Inspiration and joy is our fuel!
In our store you will find quality handmade jewelry and gifts that are made in America by skilled artisans (with some international Fair Trade). We also have fun beach games for both the young and young-at-heart. You will find apparel that can be enjoyed during your visit and beyond, wind chimes and garden stakes to bring that relaxed feeling to your yard, books on local history, and cards to remind that special someone that they’re in your thoughts.
We invite you to come in and browse our treasures!

Shop Our Collectible Ornaments

Each year we create and offer a new design that comes from nature around us. It's our way of celebrating the beauty of the ocean and beach.

The hand-crafted pewter Sandbridge Ornaments were created by Mark Shields, co-founder of the Sterling Pelican. He was a gifted Silversmith trained at Colonial Williamsburg and rose to be a Master Craftsmen. Mark grew up on the York River near Yorktown, Virginia. Always surrounded by nature, it was no wonder that most of his work after leaving C.W. centered around wildlife. He had great reverence for all living creatures.

He created the line in 2010 with the dolphin and produced one new ornament each year with the year imprinted on the attached coin.

To ensure the continuance of the line, Mark trained a young metalsmith for several years before his passing in 2020. Jennifer Ussery lives in Virginia Beach and has been providing beautiful craftsmanship since 2014.

Most of our handmade pewter ornaments measure in size from 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches.

Explore our Store


We showcase a beautiful variety of artisan made pieces for every budget! Find the special design that will make your memories of Sandbridge last forever!


Discover the many treasures we have to let that special someone know you’re thinking of them, or treat yourself to a hand crafted work of art (or object d’art). We also have the perfect card to express your sentiment.

Apparel & Accessories

Feel how soft and comfortable our T’s, sweatshirts, hats, and dresses are! We pride ourselves in offering both adult and childrens’ designs you won’t see elsewhere.

Kites & Beach Games

Enhance your vacation fun with a new family beach game! Fly a kite, shoot a rocket, bounce a skippy ball on the water, enjoy a lively game of trivia, or work on a puzzle in the evenings!

Meet the Artists

We are so grateful, and appreciative, to all of the artists that help make our little store by the beach so special.