Every winter, Cabo San Lucas Bay is filled with boats large and small, as visitors to Los Cabos brave the salt spray for up-close-and-personal looks at gray and humpback whales on their annual migration. For all the natural wonders of the area, few things have captured the collective imagination like these leviathans of the deep, and evocative keepsakes of the annual whale migrations are now available at the newly opened W3 Gallery, which creates handcrafted jewelry to honor these magnificent creatures.
A breaching humpback whale, or artistic muse? — Photo courtesy of Wanetta Ayers
W3 Wide World of Whales Gallery offers retail and wholesale jewelry, Talavera-style pottery, and artisanal hand-painted furniture. But what sets the gallery apart is that all the jewelry pieces are shaped like or feature the likenesses of whales, dolphins, or porpoises. The biggest selling souvenirs are probably their artfully designed pendants and bracelets plated in gold, rhodium, and silver, some offset against exquisitely cut agate that simulates crashing waves and foaming seas. The boutique shop opened in early 2012, and is located in downtown Cabo San Lucas, less than a block away from Cabo Wabo Cantina.
W3 Gallery's one-of-a-kind creations celebrate cetaceans. — Photo courtesy of W3 Gallery
The new gallery offers many interesting cetacean-related treasures, but the most spectacular pieces may be the necklaces that feature giant silver flukes, or whales tails. Lovers of tequila and Mexican pottery, however, will be drawn the the beautiful hand-painted Talavera-style decanters, with embossed whales of course. There are also some stunning art-object furniture items, such as small chests of drawers, that are painted with whale and dolphin related scenes.