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Why 1 Jewelry Founder’s Beauty Regimen Became Longer After Having Kids

dune jewelry founder Holly Daniels Christensen

In 2010, Holly Daniels Christensen celebrated her September 28th birthday in a non-traditional way. Rather than simply blowing out candles, the then-35-year-old launched Dune JewelryTM, so as to always remember the date her brand came into the world.

The company sources sand and other natural elements from all seven continents to create handmade earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other accessories. Prior to starting Dune, Chistensen had little experience in the jewelry industry. Yet, as evidenced by her eclectic work history — which includes a form of rural zookeeping, as well as real estate — she’s not one to shy away from new pursuits.  

The idea for Dune came about as Christensen was helping her childhood best friend grow her own business. “[My friend] had this small kitchen table business making ornaments out of sand from different beaches on Cape Cod,” the 44-year-old recalls. “I would see the reaction [customers] had to the beach and travel, and the excitement they would have.” Inspired, she took a few jewelry-making classes, then went on to start Dune at her own kitchen table in Boston, making beach-sand jewelry for friends and family. Her team has since grown to include 28 employees, and now the jewelry doesn’t always just feature sand — customers can supply their own elements, too. Dune has infused jewelry with crushed granite from the Rocky Mountains, sand from the Grand Canyon, and dried flower petals from weddings, for example.

“We're creating tangible reminders of those moments that people can wear forever,” says the breezy blonde Cape Cod native. Her tone is calm, collected, and reflective of her overall demeanor. (She’s also helpful; she even offered some personal real estate advice on the call.) 

In addition to her role as a creative jeweler and CEO, Christensen is also a mother to two daughters. “I have taught them that being unique is beautiful, which is hard,” Christensen shares. “It’s an uphill battle these days, because there's so much media out there — even for little girls as young as six and eight.” Christensen says her daughters have taught her quite a few things about beauty, too, including the value of effortlessness and being “a little bit silly” with makeup.

Keep reading for more of Christensen’s advice on parenting young girls amid personal and external pressures, pursuing creative passions, and making time for skincare and aesthetics routines on top of it all.  

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