Nautical Treasure™ Jewelry is masterfully finished and molded in a proprietary fashion to render the highest quality replication of the original artwork. Our copyrighted nautical jewelry designs are then casted in low production runs in the precious metal of your choice (10K, 14K, 18K Gold, Silver, or Platinum,) using the ancient lost wax method. All of our pendants are set with high quality faceted gem stone eye (ruby or sapphires are standard, but any stone can be included on special orders.) We have thoughtfully created each piece "For Anglers by Anglers" out of the highest quality materials available, handcarved with the utmost attention to detail with each species' composition and characteristics considered. Pieces are handmade from beginning to end, from inception to completion; carved, molded, cast, polished, set and assembled in America. In our work, we are offering wearable art, not just jewelry.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Louie Denolfo was born in New London, CT on May 27, 1944, from the ripe age of 11 until 18 years old he worked as a deckhand on the charter boat "Empress." He began fly-fishing at age 10, targeting big sea run trout in his native New England. Louie set sail for Hawaii in 1964 once again finding work as a deckhand for the famous Kona skipper, Black Bart. In 1970 he earned a Bachelors in Art at the University of Hawaii and began carving fish and Hawaiian Fishhook pendants shortly thereafter. Louie took this art form to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa all through the 70’s, and inspired a huge bone carving handicraft industry in the islands. In 1983, Louie migrated to New Zealand with his Samoan wife Sasa, and soon became Lake Taupo’s most known Fly Fishing guide. Louie returned to Samoa in 1996 as a guest artist for the 7th South Pacific Festival of the Arts, where he was billed as the "Grandfather of Contemporary South Pacific Bone Carving." "Louie the Fish" is an absolute Master in his own right, as both an Artist and an Angler.