The design team of Buxton and Manning are passionate in their pursuit of introducing jewelry designs which are reminiscent of America's Colonial Past and Coastal Settlements. Founded in 2009, Sweet Charleston Designs offers a tribute to the historic art form of Sweet Grass Basketry introduced by enslaved persons from West Africa beginning in the late 1600's. Sweet Grass Baskets played a significant role in the production of Rice. Serving as a Rice Winnowing tool, the Sweet Grass Basket is created with once abundant natural resources found along the coastal and inland waterways. Each baskets uses bull rush, sweet grass, long needle pine, secured in place by palmetto frowns, to form an ancient coiled pattern from a faraway home land. These magnificent basket making skills continue to be passed from generation to generation. A drive along the famous US 17 Highway near Charleston, South Carolina gives a glimpse into the story of the crafts survival after the decline of Rice production post Civil War. Angie and Janie encourage visitors and locals to stop and learn about sweet grass basket history from perhaps a third, fourth or fifth generation basket maker as they share the honor of producing the oldest recognized African American Art Form in our country. The original baskets are not limited specifically to Charleston, and may be found along what is now known as the "Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor", a designation from the National Park Service and extends from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia to Florida.
Product Care and Cleaning
Sweet Charleston Designs will exchange products that are received with manufacturing related defects only. Repairs are offered for damages due to wear and charges must be authorized prior beginning repair work. All sterling silver is gently darkened to highlight the illustration of the natural materials found in Sweet Grass Baskets and will darken over time. Please exercise caution when cleaning to avoid damaging the intended look of the product. Use soft cleaning cloth, never chemicals, steam or sterling silver polish.
All Purchases are Final Sales
Returns for credit will not be authorized. Custom orders require payment in advance. Delivery dates are typically three - six weeks, special orders or custom design work is generally eight weeks, depending on request. These orders are entirely custom and your patience to get the product perfect is appreciated.