EXPERIENCE THE ART OF JEWELRY
Cargo Hold, Inc. has been a part of the wholesale jewelry trade since 1973. For over 45 years they have been a reliable source for chains and findings. In 2004, they developed the Southern Gates Collection.
The best-selling collection is inspired by ornamental designs from 18th and 19th century artisan blacksmith wrought iron work. The Southern Gates collection is very reasonable with an average price point of $80.
Southern Gates pays tribute to intricate forged designs in gates, grilles, and balconies by incorporating the best filigree features into cast sterling silver wearable pieces of art. Designed out of Charleston, SC the brand finds roots for inspiration abroad and locally through historical landmarks.
Pineapple motifs are found throughout Charleston, SC and are a welcome symbol in Southern hospitality. During colonial times, ship captain would bring back pineapples from Barbados and the Caribbean. They would hang the pineapples on their doors, showing that they were back from sea. Both fresh and ornamental pineapples were then used for decoration at social events.
Besides the Southern Gates Collection there is the Contemporary Series Collection which includes fine Italian bracelets, classic hoops, and rice bead jewelry.
Rice beads pay tribute to South Carolina's agricultural heritage and the Holy City's rice history. The low-country, coastal part of South Carolina was the largest producer of rice in America during colonial times.
Southern Gates is a licensed partner with The Biltmore House. Biltmore Jewelry by Southern Gates features around two dozen designs inspired by architectural details of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. The Chateauesque-style mansion was built for George Washington Vanderbilt between 1889-1895.
Southern Gates certainly has a beautiful collection that has a deep southern history and a story behind every piece. The collection is great for building upon and layering with your other jewelry. Your Southern Gates jewelry is best stored in an air-tight bag when not being worn. Use a silver polishing to keep the shine.