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The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club is thrilled to announce that jewelry designer and artist Todd Alan from Sarasota will display his amazing creation “The Mermaid Crown” at the Sanibel Shell Festival. The Shell Festival will take place on March 5-7 at the Sanibel Community House.
According to Alan, the idea of the Mermaid Crown expresses his love of our oceans. He rented a cottage in Key West at the end of 2014 where he had always been inspired artistically. He worked eight hours a day for a month and by the end of his stay the basic form and direction of the crown had come into being. Over the following 5 years, Alan worked on the crown as time and materials allowed until it was completed.
The crown is approximately 4 inches tall in the front, 7 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. For materials Alan chose 14-karate green gold as the main metal, accented with platinum. The stones on the crown include 60 clear diamonds, 22 teal diamonds, 28 green sapphires, and 3 Paraiba-colored tourmalines.
Alan is a completely self-taught artist and over his career has developed his own methods of creation. Alan’s career began when he made rings for Pennsic, a three-week-long medieval event in Pennsylvania. During the 20 years that he was associated with the event he created many pieces of jewelry for the medieval re-enactment.
Around 2005, with the success of his online braided wedding ring online store, he began honing his skills making over 16,000 wedding and engagement rings. Alan also created an exclusive and elaborate line of shell and coral jewelry using actual shells and coral as molds. With those castings he now creates elaborate jewelry of golden seascapes. This line and Alan’s other jewelry with be available for purchase at the Shell Festival.
The Shell Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5-6 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 7 at the Sanibel Community House. Entrance to the Shell Festival grounds is free. A $5 donation to get into the indoor show where Todd Alan will be exhibiting includes a half-price ticket to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum during the Festival and a bag of shells.