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Emilie Cardinaux is the creative force behind The Golden Cleat. Emilie founded the brand in 2014 and launched the first collection in the summer of 2015. Her artistic inspiration can be traced to childhood summers spent in the Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River. The archipelago of nearly 2,000 islands just east of Lake Ontario straddles the New York-Canadian border for nearly fifty miles of freshwater paradise. Here, boating is not only a cherished pastime but a way of life. 

The Golden Cleat’s nautically inspired fine jewelry collection embodies the spirit of dockside living. The Golden Cleat’s classic, timeless designs have captured the hearts of free-spirited adventurers who are drawn to the water. Fabricated by hand using the ancient technique of lost wax casting, our jewelry is sustainably produced from ethically sourced materials. Each piece is more than a cherished keepsake; it is a symbol of identity. 

We opened our flagship store in May of this year. Located at 534 Riverside Drive in downtown Clayton, we will continue to be open daily from 10:00 to 6:00 through Christmas. Our holiday pop-up shop in the Salmon Run Mall in Watertown will be open whenever the mall is open from Thanksgiving through Christmas. The kiosk is located near the food court.