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Emilie Cardinaux is the creative force behind The Golden Cleat brand which embodies the spirit of dockside living. Emilie founded The Golden Cleat in 2014 and launched the first nautically-inspired fine jewelry 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 iconic jewelry celebrates a love of being on the water. Featuring unique marine symbols and navigational relics, the collection is characterized by its classic elegance, timelessness, and casual sophistication. Each piece of Golden Cleat jewelry is handcrafted from sterling silver or 14k gold using the ancient technique of lost-wax casting. The Golden Cleat has captured the hearts of adventurous and free-spirited collectors for whom each piece is a cherished keepsake and a symbol of identity. 


This May The Golden Cleat will open a boutique at 534 Riverside Drive in downtown Clayton, NY in the heart of the Thousand Islands. The studio/showroom will be open daily during the summer season.

The brand has quickly outgrown its current space, a second-floor studio which is not open to the public.  “We knew we needed a bigger studio space to accommodate our growing wholesale and online business. When the storefront became available we embraced the opportunity to relocate our studio and at the same time curate a boutique retail experience in Clayton. With our studio and showroom under one roof we can offer a unique behind-the-scenes look into the artistic process.” After spending several years building the brand in a studio setting, Emilie says she is looking forward to connecting personally with customers who share her passion for life on the river.  

In addition to the nautically-inspired fine jewelry line, the boutique will carry several other lines which are handcrafted in-house including colorful gemstone jewelry, vintage nautical chart pillows, and glass decoupage trays. Work by several other artist-makers will also be offered in the boutique, which is set to open shortly before Memorial Day weekend.

For live updates and behind-the-scenes photos during this exciting time, follow @thegoldencleat on Instagram and Facebook.