Emilie Cardinaux is the creative force behind The Golden Cleat brand, which embodies the spirit of dockside living and all things nautical. Emilie’s artistic inspiration can be traced to childhood summers spent in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the New York-Canadian border just east of Lake Ontario.
On the River, boating is not only a cherished pastime, but a way of life. The Golden Cleat’s iconic fine jewelry collection celebrates a love of being on the water through unique marine symbols and navigational relics. Each piece is handcrafted from recycled sterling silver or 14k gold using the ancient technique of lost-wax casting. Embracing luxury in the context of everyday life, the collection is defined by its classic elegance, timelessness, and casual sophistication. Since launching the brand a little over a year ago, Emilie has cultivated a loyal niche following of adventurous, free-spirited, and dynamic collectors for whom each piece is not only a keepsake but a symbol of authenticity and self-expression.