Kate Davis Jewelry and A GIVEAWAY!

Kate Davis Jewelry

Charleston, South Carolina









What is your training? 

Well, making jewelry was not the original path I set out on.  I actually went to school for an undergrad in Marine Biology.
I have been playing around with jewelry making since I was a teenager and in my twenties I taught scuba diving & marine biology on sailboats where I would travel around with bags of stones & cord….as well as dive equipment!!.  Putting together, necklaces and bracelets with my goodies was something fun to do in the downtime, when I wasn’t teaching.  I would also pick up random bits of coral and shell from the different islands we visited and add them into what I was already making.   When I moved to Charleston, SC I found that people actually were interested in buying the stuff I was creating.  Crazy!!.  My skills were limited so I began reading everything I could get my hands on and probably watched hundreds of hours of online tutorials.  About 6 years ago I did a 3 month apprenticeship with a designer in Toronto, Canada and she taught me all of my metal working and stone setting skills.  That literally changed my life and opened me up creatively to some very cool ideas I had been playing around with on paper…but didn’t know how to achieve technically.  I still challenge myself everyday and actually really enjoy when customers ask me for custom pieces.  It encourages me creatively to keep an open mind and try new things.

What inspires you and your designs?



I tend to draw from the environment around me and I am most connected to myself when I am in or near the water.  The colors & textures I discover while walking along the beach or exploring underwater primarily influence my work.  I taught scuba diving and marine biology for about 12 years and had an amazing opportunity to travel the world and dive in dream destinations.  Those experiences have shaped me creatively.  Color combinations and designs only make sense to me if they have an organic nature.


What is your favorite piece? 




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I am in love with the ZULA cuff.  Hands down it is my favorite.  The large cuff is a huge ancient Megladon shark tooth fossil and the smaller one is a large Mako tooth fossil.  We have acquired quite an inventory of these teeth and I love the fact that they are found in the South.  I have established a great relationship with an insane man who dives in remote and dark rivers for these teeth.  He is quite secretive about the locations of where he finds them but they all originate from North Carolina.


How has the south influenced your work?


When I was first starting off as a designer, the first two collections of jewelry I created were titled “Dusk” and “Moss”. 
I basically created two whole collections of jewelry revolving around silhouettes and sunsets at Folly Beach and a compilation of southern photographs by Sally Mann
I am not so literal these days.  Thank god!  My inspiration now is a lot looser and it comes from the everyday experiences; taking my son out to surf , playing around in tide pools, and walking along the beach searching for shells. 
I do love to incorporate close to home finds like the sharks teeth in all of our necklaces that are sourced from the south and working with suppliers that are based out of SC or NC.  Some of my greatest inspirations actually come from meeting up with my southern ‘fossil hound’ suppliers and discussing design ideas! They can be quite creative!

What is your favorite restaurant in Charleston?



Wow that is a hard question! Charleston has some amazing, world renowned chefs!  My first go to is always FIG.  Chef Lata always incorporates seasonal ingredients and I die for his sweetbreads.  Not always on the menu, but you can ask, and I suggest you do!


But my last date night with my husband was at The MacIntosh and I would lay down and die for their beet salad.  Seriously, beets done three ways!  Who does that?


What is your favorite cocktail?



Summertime in Charleston is insanely hot. To beat this heat I am a Pina Colada lady all the way!  With fresh pineapple in the mix!!!  I like it pineapple heavy and ice chunky.


How do you balance personal life and work?


I am still trying to figure that out!  I am open to suggestions or good advice!  In all honesty, my family is my main priority.  I am fortunate to be married to my husband who is an amazing father and is also a creative person with his own goals.  It helps that he completely understands me and is a big part of my business.  Right now, we kind of run an ‘in home circus’ and try to balance each other.  At the end of the day, we are both aware of each others dreams, and we just try to support each other.


Dream trip?



Without a doubt…Indonesia!  Diving and Surfing have to be possible in any dream trip that we plan!  I want to cruise with sharks and stingrays in crystal clear water and have my family playing on fun waves.


Dream commission?


Well, this would be way down the road.  But I always imagine my son coming to me when he is older and asking me to design a wedding ring for his love. 


Your favorite hostess gift?




I love giving gifts and I always try to keep them relevant to the occasion.  I tend to overdo it a lot of times…but for me it is fun to put together a basket of fun goodies.  Presentation is everything and I try to think of the persons personality.  I really enjoy putting together a “theme” gift and cooking or cocktails  is something that I think everyone enjoys.  I love choosing a  favorite cookbook or cocktail handbook and including the ingredients with funky utensils in a neat basket or container to bring it together.


Who is your style icon?


This is such a funny question.  Does my mom count?  My mom was the ultimate “fashionable” hippie and I have suede fringe dresses and moccasin boots that I stole straight out of her closet. I love the feel of that era and am drawn to women who embody it or can capture it. 





Sienna Miller Boho


I think Lauren Hutton is a big one for me….sexy and slightly off….!  In this generation…I think Kate Moss and Sienna Miller have pretty much nailed the vibe I identify with.  They do “retro” so elegantly and then put their own contemporary touch to it.  It’s perfect!


Your favorite up and coming artist/designer/ jewelry designer?




One of my favorite up and coming designers is Megan Huntz from Atlanta, GA.  She sources one of a kind silk remnants from Italy and hand dyes her own silk fabrics.  I am in love with her pieces and admire her color combinations and designs.  They are exquisite and you feel like a goddess in them.


What is your most treasured possession?


A carved ivory Buddha my dads father brought back for my grandmother when he came home from the Korean war and a carved bone lariat necklace that belonged to my moms mother.  I feel like things from the past were made with so much more patience and love.  The attention to detail in both these pieces is breathtaking and keeps me captivated.


What are you reading?


BAD MONKEY by Carl Hiaasen


I am a voracious reader.  I typically have about 6 books stacked up by my bedside table.  I have been threatened with a Kindle for Christmas or my birthday and remain loyal to paperbacks.  Right now, I am in the middle of BAD MONKEY by Carl Hiaasen.  It’s a fun, light read for getting out of your mind at the end of the day. Hiaasen always has an underlying message of greed and corruption ( in south Florida ) throughout all of his books…but …in the past .. has created some insanely funny and unforgettable characters.  Loving it!


What are you listening to?



I work all day in a studio by myself…music is a constant companion.  Just downloaded “Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation”  which, I guess is considered Electronic?  Whatever…it has a Reggae, World Music, vibe to it.  I am working like a monster listening to it!!!


Favorite Fashion / Design Blogs?


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I really love www.goldfishkiss.com .  I follow her blog and she is amazing for the beach babe!  I have had the opportunity to work with Rebekah and love the images she posts.  She is one of those people you wish the world was made up of more creative peeps like her.
Close to home I love www.looklingerlove.com . I only wish I had my stuff together like Chassity. She always has something interesting going on.  Her blog is creative and fun and has introduced me to some wonderful ideas, designers, and artists.
Here are a few of my favorites…besides the INCREDIBLE ZULU NECKLACE. I am shark tooth obsessed these days.  I want them all layered around my neck.



Sama Cuff


Ibis Cuff


Del Mar Drops





Exuma Drops




Be sure to go and check out her website. You can also win this AWESOME Cruz necklace that Kate has graciously offered to my readers.  

The winner will be announced on July 5th. 


here’s how to win…

1) visit Kate Davis Jewelry site and take a look around.

2) leave a comment below with a link to your favorite item!

extra chances to win (make sure to leave it in your comment)…

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  • June 26, 2013

    Hi Holly!  I like the Zula cuff! I also liked your FB page and KAtes and subscribed to your blog. thx!https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/bracelets/products/zula-cuff

  • June 26, 2013

    Wow!  Thanks for introducing me to Kate Davis Jewelry-I love it!  My fave piece is actually the one in the giveaway, so I am hoping I win! 😉  Here is the link https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/necklaces/products/sharkbead

    I am a sucker for dainty turquoise beaded necklaces!

  • June 26, 2013

    I am a new subscriber to The English Room blog!

  • June 26, 2013

    Love this necklace, it's such a pretty color! Love giveaways 🙂 https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/necklaces/products/ocho-necklace

  • June 26, 2013

    I'm in love with the "Zulu Necklace" and the green agate "Talon Pendant" 


  • June 26, 2013

    Comment *Love the give-away necklace.  And would love to be the winner.  I would wear it with everything!!!!  Also, really, really love the  Zula cuff.  It would be perfect for Florida trip later this summer.  xo

  • June 26, 2013

    I love this: https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/rings/products/sa-double-ring

    But then I love every single Kate Davis piece 🙂

    Following both pages on Facebook- M.J. Moore and subscribed via email. Thank you so much for the amazing giveaway!


  • June 26, 2013

    I love Kate Davis jewelry! I've been following her work for a while. So talented and creative! I love the give away necklace because I'm slightly obsessed with sharks and anything that has to do with the ocean:) therefore another favorite is the Mer Bar necklace ( https://kate-davis-jewelry.theshoppad.com/#/product/mer-bar-necklace ). I live in Hawaii and spend , most my time in the ocean which is a reason why my friends say I'm part mermaid. Thank you for having this giveaway! Xoxo

  • June 26, 2013


    My favourite piece is the mer bar necklace with "salty" on it. I've been lusting over her jewellery for months now so this giveaway is very exciting! I'm subscribed to the englishroom blog and like both pages on Facebook. I love Kate Davis' work, she's so talented! 

  • June 26, 2013

    The Zulu necklace is to die for!


    I already like The English Room on FB and will do the same for Kate Davis Jewelry.  Thanks for the introduction.


  • June 26, 2013

    Loving this Zulu necklace with the bold Mako shark tooth and then the delicate turquoise offset making it feminine! What a great giveaway! 


  • June 26, 2013

    I just liked Kate Davis jewelry and The English Room on Facebook under Haus and Home!

  • June 26, 2013

    Comment *Love this giveaway! Favortie piece is the Zula Cuff…super cool!

  • June 26, 2013

    Oh, man! Tough choices, but my favorite piece by Kate Davis is definitely the Druzy Ring – such a statement piece! LInk: https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/rings/products/druzy-ring

    I like both pages on Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • June 26, 2013

    I think everything that Kate designs is gorgeous! I think all of her shark pieces are incredible. She uses fantastic colors in her jewelry. If I could win anything on her site I’d just abouy die! I would be honored to wear a Cruz necklace but I also love the Sama cuff and the amazing Zula cuff! xoxoxo fingers crossed! Peace love and sharks! 🙂 Here is the link to that lovely Cruz necklace ♡ ♥♡ https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/necklaces/products/sharkbead

  • June 26, 2013

    So hard to choose her work, it is all so amazing. I find this piece , the Zulu Cuff really unusual and striking.  My favorite :0) *https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/bracelets/products/zula-cuff 

  • June 26, 2013


    Love this ring! And all of Kate Davis' jewelry! #fingerscrossed

  • June 26, 2013

    Hi holly!! I'm so excited for this contest! my favorite piece of jewlwlery is the soma cuff it's beautiful and if wear it everywhere. To the beach, walking to get the mail, you name it ill have it on 🙂 wish everyone luck!

  • June 27, 2013

    So many lovely pieces, really hard to choose only one. So I will say the ibis cuff … But I'm in love with all the jewels.
    Kate Davis is a talented creator.
    Would love to wear one of her creation, and bring it with me all around the world.
    Like you both on Facebook and Instagram. 😉
    & I'm going to subscribe to your super nice blog.

    Keep my fingers crossed


  • June 27, 2013

    Honestly Kate's pieces are as amazing as she is so it's hard to choose but my most coveted and most likely will never be able to afford piece is the sea spray wrap necklace. One of the pieces that you posted above in this article. https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/necklaces/products/sea-spray-wrap-necklace

    But I'm also a shark lady and will be receiving one of Kate's shark tooth woven bracelets in a few weeks (so stoked!) but I would love to win this giveaway and get a matching shark tooth necklace to go with it! I also Liked Kate Davis Jewelry and The English Room on Facebook and also subbed to your lovely blog to via my e-mail.



  • June 27, 2013

    Oh and I just followed you on instagram too! 😉 Bonus? hehe

  • June 27, 2013

    HI! I love the Sama Cuff. It's perfect for summer but will carry through all seasons. It's a timeless piece that can be worn anywhere in the world and admired. 

  • June 27, 2013

    I discovered Kate's jewelry through instagram and started following her because of the amazing things she creates. I am a huge beach lover, a jewelry lover, and anything nautical lover so of course her jewelry struck a cord with me. I love the shark tooth necklaces but my favorite are the "Mermaid" and "H20 Baby" bar necklaces. I am saving up to be the owner of one of those:) 🙂

  • June 27, 2013

    Loving this necklace, so perfect for the summertime:


  • June 27, 2013

    Hi Holly! I absolutely LOVE the Tribe Stretch Bracelet in Turquoise… https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/bracelets/products/tribe-stretch-bracelet

    It's sophisticated yet earthy… something I would wear with (almost) my entire wardrobe! 🙂

    LOVE the blog! 🙂

  • June 27, 2013


    I think you just introduced me to my long lost twin!  Kate and I share the same style icons, taste in music and jewelry!  Naturally, you would introduce me to her.  Thanks for the awesome Giveaway!  Absolutely no way I can pick just one, but if I have to: https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/necklaces/products/requin-necklace  I love you both on facebook, and you know I subscribe to The English Room blog via email. 🙂 Whitley

  • June 27, 2013

    Great contest of the month. Amazing giveaway! 

    Good luck everybody…

  • June 27, 2013

    Comment *Love the Zulu necklace!  Liked both on FB and subscribed to English Room blog!

  • June 27, 2013

    zulu necklace please. pretty please. love, margie

  • June 27, 2013

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    The zulu necklace for Margaret and Lulu. please. pretty please. love, Carol

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  • June 27, 2013

    i really love all of her stuff. my favorite is actually the necklace being given away!


  • June 27, 2013

     I not only love Kate's jewelry, but love her!!  Great interview. Would love to meet Kate when i go pick up the beautiful necklace when I'm in Charleston and then model it in Athens when I'm at The Southern C Summit in Athens, Georgia!!

  • June 27, 2013

    It's hard to decide!!! But I guess ultimate favorite is the Zula Cuff… But the Olo necklace is precious and I have always wanted a ring like the Sula Ring! LOVE HER STUFF!!


  • June 27, 2013

    Hi Holly!! I  think we have met before… but have had several people lately tell me I  remind them of you! ….How do I not know about Kate's jewelry!!!!???  I guess that's what your blog is for!:) I love love love the Zulu necklace, https://kate-davis-jewelry.theshoppad.com/#/, but are quite taken with several other pieces as well! Love your blog!!!!:)

  • June 28, 2013

    Holly,  I love her jewelry so much!  I want the Zulu cuff and a couple of her necklaces. I love the organic quality of her pieces and I am a sucker for most anything from the sea. 



  • June 28, 2013

    I like the necklaces that contain sharks teeth the most.  I especially like the Requin necklace because of the mother of pearl chain. I am SO happy to have stumbled upon this web site and this jewelry.  It is reminiscent of my childhood.  My father was in the Navy, a true Sailor at heart, who introduced me to all things nautical.  We lived on a sailboat during my youngest years and have fond memories of swimming in the ocean where we were way out at sea with sea life swiming around as well as frequent walks along the beach looking for sharks teeth.  If nothing else thank you for igniting such fond memories from my childhood and more specifically my father.  

  • June 28, 2013

    following my name is @little1learning on twitter 

  • June 28, 2013

    I love shark teeth!! I have had dreams about this necklace I want one so bad! Shark are my favorite, and I love the Sand shark, all gold, turquoise Cruz necklace! https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/necklaces/products/sharkbeadThank you!  🙂

  • June 29, 2013

    WHOA.  I love the Zula Cuff.  Shark teeth!  I cannot get over how cool the jewelry is!

  • June 29, 2013

    Comment *Beautiful jewelry!  Thanks for introducing me to this great collection!  Favorite?  Just one?  Really!!  I love the nun stacking rings, talya earrings and so much more!

  • June 30, 2013

    LOVE this jewelry…thanks for introducing her line.  It's so hard to find a favorite, but I'd pick the exuma earrings: https://www.katedavisjewelry.com/collections/earrings/products/exuma-drops

    I've liked you on Facebook and also Kate's jewlery. 

  • June 30, 2013

    I love the sama cuff!

  • June 30, 2013

    I like both of you on Facebook 🙂

  • July 2, 2013

    This stunner would be the first purchase on my list: The Tibu Necklace, personalized to my tastes with an oxidized silver chain & a sand shark‘s tooth. I think this designer evokes childhood memories in a lot of us Southerners due to her choice of mediums…being born and raised on Florida's beautiful beaches, my siblings and I would fashion our own crude ornaments & baubles from the assorted treasures we would haul in from the beach each day. A shark‘s tooth was always a coveted find to be tucked away for a keepsake, or oftentimes, glued to a length of cord and worn around our necks on proud display. I appreciate the chance to win one of these beauties. 

  • July 2, 2013

    I like both Kate Davis Jewelry & The English Room on Facebook as Kelly Commerford (kcthelush).



  • July 2, 2013

    I am also subscribed to The English Room's blog as kcthelush@yahoo(dot)com.


  • July 2, 2013

    Only 3 days until hopefully my dreams come true!!!! 🙂

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  • July 4, 2013

    Comment * I am in Love with the Sea spray wrap necklace!!  So elegant and vibrant!  https://kate-davis-jewelry.theshoppad.com/#/product/sea-spray-wrap-necklace.  I've also followed both Kate Davis and The English Room on fb and subscribed to your blog!!! 

  • July 5, 2013

    Ok I’ve commented on instagram several times and on here and now I’ll go on facebook too lol but I realllllly want this cruz necklace I love everthing about it! Let me just tell you I just looked through your shop my style section and I’m in love! I love all your animal orint choices especially the zebra stuff! I’ll definitely be going through there some more! I just wanted to ssy thanks though Holly for giving me this awesome opportunity to win this necklace since I lost her last giveaway! Thanks dear! Peace, love and sharks! ♡ ♥ ♡

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