I’ve had a long obsession with sea glass going back to a time when I would find the beautiful pieces amongst the pebbles and not know what they were.
Sea glass for those who don’t know is old bottles and jars that have been discarded in to the sea over the centuries, worn down to smooth organic forms by the constant ebb and flow of the tide, eventually washing up on the shoreline, resting in the sand awaiting discovery. Recycling at its best.
These beautiful translucent pieces can be found in many colours, the most unusual being reds and oranges, some can date back as far as the 17th century. The glass can be found in many shapes depending on the original shape of the shard and the length of time that it has been tumbled in the ocean.
My love of sea glass was one of the things that got me started making jewellery, I was in awe of some of the beautiful pieces that jewellers made using these humble old bits of glass, and I became determined to do the same myself.
There is a real community of seaglass collectors out there one of whom has created this amazing work of art.
This poster available from made by meg has 81 sea glass colours which have been classified and officially named and it makes finding sea glass even more fun. I haven’t yet found a piece that doesn’t match one of the colours included, and they have beautiful names like ‘wintergreen’, ‘cranberry’ and my favourite ‘Caribbean’ of which I am the proud owner of one piece.
I really enjoy making custom sea glass jewellery so if you have a special piece of sea glass that holds special memories of a beautiful holiday, or a lovely day at the beach please contact me, so that I can make it into something beautiful you can wear forever.