Every piece that comes from Son of a Sailor is hand-crafted in our Austin, Texas Studio. William and Jessica design each item with a specific function and meaning in mind, and often times the products have a unique story. Our talented team works together to produce each piece with a keen attention to detail, and we take pride in our process. We’d love to give folks a little bit of insight into how we do things, why we give our items their names, and what the process looks like!

The Iset is the statement piece. A solid cast bronze amulet meets leather fringe and cord. Hand-cut from vegetable tanned leather hide, it is hand decorated in the SOS studio.

What inspired the design?

"The Iset comes from our STELA II collection. Like all of the collection, we drew heavily on ancient Egyptian shapes, writing, and languages. The word STELA itself is in reference to Egyptian writing slabs. Billy took this concept and riffed on it until the Iset was developed.

The Iset was originally introduced as a part of our STELA collection. In that rendition, it hung from a gold-fill chain and was adorned with our selection of gemstones. When we launched STELA II, we knew we wanted to keep the shape, but we wanted to do something more modern. The leather cord and fringe was a depart from the classic Iset, casting it in a new light."

What is the meaning of the name?

"The STELA collection was, in part, inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Each piece of jewelry was named after an Egyptian Queen. The Iset sits in a series of three necklaces, the Iset, Aset, and Uset. Each is a variation of the name of the same queen with different spelling interpretations. The Sets, as we affectionately refer to them, are amulet necklaces. We named them after queens because that is where we think that they belong. On the necks of queens and our customers!"

How is it made?

"Every piece of jewelry produced by Son of a Sailor is hand-crafted in our Austin studio. The Iset takes its shape through this process:
  • When we were designing the Iset, Billy hand carved the amulet in wax. We use these hand carved pieces to cast the Iset in bronze.
  • After we have the bronze piece, the leather fringe is cut.
  • Next, the leather cord is measured out. While all are cut to 34", the cord is designed to be adjustable.
  • We then add a layer of protective seal to the leather fringe and cord. Like all of our veg-ten leather goods, the Iset will age over time and exposure to the elements. Each one ages differently, and we love to see them take on their own unique characteristics.
  • The amulet is assembled. 
  • Finally, the amulet meets the leather cord and adjustable knots finish the Iset."

How do you style the Iaret?

"The Iaret is a real show stopper. Because it is such a large piece, it makes a statement however it is dressed. That said, we chose to pair it with the leather fringe and cord to gear it to the everyday. It's our own take on Austin chic."

You can find the Iset online at sonofasailor.co or come see us in our Austin studio. To see even more ways to style the Iset, follow us on instagram @sonofasailor.

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