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Zebra Mussel Jewelry Collection

Adorn yourself with these tiny freshwater mollusks as a reminder of our collective responsibility to preserve and protect our treasured waterways. This collection was thoughtfully designed and handcrafted in the hopes of invoking a sense of wonder for the natural world and at the same time sparking conversations about invasive species and other pressing ecological topics. 

From now until 11:59pm on Sunday, February 2nd The Golden Cleat will donate 20% of sales of Zebra Mussel Jewelry and 10% of all other sales to Save the River in support of the work they do to preserve and protect our waterways. 

  • Zebra Mussel Charm

    The Golden Cleat

    Zebra Mussel Charm

    starting from: $30

    v

    The Golden Cleat

    Zebra Mussel Charm

    $30

    Adorn yourself with these tiny freshwater mollusks as a reminder of our collective responsibility to preserve and protect our treasured waterways. This collection was thoughtfully designed and handcrafted in the hopes of invoking a sense of wonder for the natural world and at the same time sparking conversations about invasive species and other pressing ecological topics. Learn more about the zebra mussel below.

    Select charm size and metal type from the dropdown menu. 

    • charm is available in three sizes: small, medium, or large
    • sterling silver or solid 14K gold 
    • handmade in the USA

    The ubiquitous zebra mussel is not native to the St. Lawrence River. The diminutive mollusk stowed away in ship ballasts, hitching a ride to North America all the way from the Caspian Sea in the mid-1980s. With few natural predators, zebra mussel colonies flourished and tiny crustacean clusters rapidly dominated the coastline of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. 

    Zebra mussels are filter feeders, cleansing water and reducing contaminants and algae, resulting in noticeably clearer waterways. However, they are also disruptive to the ecosystem, clogging pipes, contaminating water treatment facilities, damaging harbors and boats, and threatening native species. As you may know from personal experience, the edges of their shells are infamously sharp, leaving people prone to cutting their feet while wading or swimming. 

    There is no question that zebra mussels are here to stay. And while we can’t eradicate this invasive species, we can certainly learn from our passivity and work harder to prevent more aquatic hitchhikers from entering and disrupting our ecosystem in the future.

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  • Double Zebra Mussel Charm

    The Golden Cleat

    Double Zebra Mussel Charm

    starting from: $35

    v

    The Golden Cleat

    Double Zebra Mussel Charm

    $35

    Adorn yourself with these tiny freshwater mollusks as a reminder of our collective responsibility to preserve and protect our treasured waterways. This collection was thoughtfully designed and handcrafted in the hopes of invoking a sense of wonder for the natural world and at the same time sparking conversations about invasive species and other pressing ecological topics. Learn more about the zebra mussel below.

    Select charm size and metal type from the dropdown menu. 

    • select charm size (small, medium, or large)
    • sterling silver or solid 14K gold 
    • handmade in the USA

    The ubiquitous zebra mussel is not native to the St. Lawrence River. The diminutive mollusk stowed away in ship ballasts, hitching a ride to North America all the way from the Caspian Sea in the mid-1980s. With few natural predators, zebra mussel colonies flourished and tiny crustacean clusters rapidly dominated the coastline of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. 

    Zebra mussels are filter feeders, cleansing water and reducing contaminants and algae, resulting in noticeably clearer waterways. However, they are also disruptive to the ecosystem, clogging pipes, contaminating water treatment facilities, damaging harbors and boats, and threatening native species. As you may know from personal experience, the edges of their shells are infamously sharp, leaving people prone to cutting their feet while wading or swimming. 

    There is no question that zebra mussels are here to stay. And while we can’t eradicate this invasive species, we can certainly learn from our passivity and work harder to prevent more aquatic hitchhikers from entering and disrupting our ecosystem in the future.

    Visit product page
  • Zebra Mussel Necklace

    The Golden Cleat

    Zebra Mussel Necklace

    starting from: $70

    v

    The Golden Cleat

    Zebra Mussel Necklace

    $70

    Adorn yourself with these tiny freshwater mollusks as a reminder of our collective responsibility to preserve and protect our treasured waterways. This collection was thoughtfully designed and handcrafted in the hopes of invoking a sense of wonder for the natural world and at the same time sparking conversations about invasive species and other pressing ecological topics. Learn more about the zebra mussel below. 

    Select pendant size, chain length, and metal type from the dropdown menu. 

    • select pendant size (small, medium, or large)
    • select metal type (sterling silver or solid 14K gold)
    • select chain length (16-18” or 19-21” adjustable) 
    • handmade in the USA

      The ubiquitous zebra mussel is not native to the St. Lawrence River. The diminutive mollusk stowed away in ship ballasts, hitching a ride to North America all the way from the Caspian Sea in the mid-1980s. With few natural predators, zebra mussel colonies flourished and tiny crustacean clusters rapidly dominated the coastline of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. 

      Zebra mussels are filter feeders, cleansing water and reducing contaminants and algae, resulting in noticeably clearer waterways. However, they are also disruptive to the ecosystem, clogging pipes, contaminating water treatment facilities, damaging harbors and boats, and threatening native species. As you may know from personal experience, the edges of their shells are infamously sharp, leaving people prone to cutting their feet while wading or swimming. 

      There is no question that zebra mussels are here to stay. And while we can’t eradicate this invasive species, we can certainly learn from our passivity and work harder to prevent more aquatic hitchhikers from entering and disrupting our ecosystem in the future.

      Visit product page
    • Double Zebra Mussel Necklace

      The Golden Cleat

      Double Zebra Mussel Necklace

      starting from: $75

      v

      The Golden Cleat

      Double Zebra Mussel Necklace

      $75

      Adorn yourself with these tiny freshwater mollusks as a reminder of our collective responsibility to preserve and protect our treasured waterways. This collection was thoughtfully designed and handcrafted in the hopes of invoking a sense of wonder for the natural world and at the same time sparking conversations about invasive species and other pressing ecological topics. Learn more about the zebra mussel below. 

      Select pendant size, chain length, and metal type from the dropdown menu. 

      • select pendant size (small, medium, or large)
      • select metal type (sterling silver or solid 14K gold)
      • select chain length (16-18” or 19-21” adjustable) 
      • handmade in the USA

        The ubiquitous zebra mussel is not native to the St. Lawrence River. The diminutive mollusk stowed away in ship ballasts, hitching a ride to North America all the way from the Caspian Sea in the mid-1980s. With few natural predators, zebra mussel colonies flourished and tiny crustacean clusters rapidly dominated the coastline of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. 

        Zebra mussels are filter feeders, cleansing water and reducing contaminants and algae, resulting in noticeably clearer waterways. However, they are also disruptive to the ecosystem, clogging pipes, contaminating water treatment facilities, damaging harbors and boats, and threatening native species. As you may know from personal experience, the edges of their shells are infamously sharp, leaving people prone to cutting their feet while wading or swimming. 

        There is no question that zebra mussels are here to stay. And while we can’t eradicate this invasive species, we can certainly learn from our passivity and work harder to prevent more aquatic hitchhikers from entering and disrupting our ecosystem in the future.

        Visit product page
      • Zebra Mussel Earrings

        The Golden Cleat

        Zebra Mussel Earrings

        starting from: $70

        v

        The Golden Cleat

        Zebra Mussel Earrings

        $70

        Adorn yourself with these tiny freshwater mollusks as a reminder of our collective responsibility to preserve and protect our treasured waterways. This collection was thoughtfully designed and handcrafted in the hopes of invoking a sense of wonder for the natural world and at the same time sparking conversations about invasive species and other pressing ecological topics. Learn more about the zebra mussel below. 

        Select pendant size, chain length, and metal type from the dropdown menu. 

        • select zebra mussel size (small, medium, or large)
        • select metal type (sterling silver or solid 14K gold)
        • handmade in the USA

          The ubiquitous zebra mussel is not native to the St. Lawrence River. The diminutive mollusk stowed away in ship ballasts, hitching a ride to North America all the way from the Caspian Sea in the mid-1980s. With few natural predators, zebra mussel colonies flourished and tiny crustacean clusters rapidly dominated the coastline of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. 

          Zebra mussels are filter feeders, cleansing water and reducing contaminants and algae, resulting in noticeably clearer waterways. However, they are also disruptive to the ecosystem, clogging pipes, contaminating water treatment facilities, damaging harbors and boats, and threatening native species. As you may know from personal experience, the edges of their shells are infamously sharp, leaving people prone to cutting their feet while wading or swimming. 

          There is no question that zebra mussels are here to stay. And while we can’t eradicate this invasive species, we can certainly learn from our passivity and work harder to prevent more aquatic hitchhikers from entering and disrupting our ecosystem in the future.

          Visit product page
        • Double Zebra Mussel Earrings

          The Golden Cleat

          Double Zebra Mussel Earrings

          starting from: $80

          v

          The Golden Cleat

          Double Zebra Mussel Earrings

          $80

          Adorn yourself with these tiny freshwater mollusks as a reminder of our collective responsibility to preserve and protect our treasured waterways. This collection was thoughtfully designed and handcrafted in the hopes of invoking a sense of wonder for the natural world and at the same time sparking conversations about invasive species and other pressing ecological topics. Learn more about the zebra mussel below. 

          Select pendant size, chain length, and metal type from the dropdown menu. 

          • select zebra mussel size (small, medium, or large)
          • select metal type (sterling silver or solid 14K gold)
          • handmade in the USA

          The ubiquitous zebra mussel is not native to the St. Lawrence River. The diminutive mollusk stowed away in ship ballasts, hitching a ride to North America all the way from the Caspian Sea in the mid-1980s. With few natural predators, zebra mussel colonies flourished and tiny crustacean clusters rapidly dominated the coastline of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. 

          Zebra mussels are filter feeders, cleansing water and reducing contaminants and algae, resulting in noticeably clearer waterways. However, they are also disruptive to the ecosystem, clogging pipes, contaminating water treatment facilities, damaging harbors and boats, and threatening native species. As you may know from personal experience, the edges of their shells are infamously sharp, leaving people prone to cutting their feet while wading or swimming. 

          There is no question that zebra mussels are here to stay. And while we can’t eradicate this invasive species, we can certainly learn from our passivity and work harder to prevent more aquatic hitchhikers from entering and disrupting our ecosystem in the future.

          Visit product page