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tiny pinkThis is another of our FAVORITE items in the shop -- a gorgeous strand of delicate pink, natural untreated Peruvian Opal beads. They are faceted for a delightful sparkle! Each is approx. 6 mm.
and there are 90 beads on a 17" (approx.) strand.

Break them up and use a touch of gold for earrings, or string them together for a stunning necklace!

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hawaii sea glassJean Forman, who I discovered on LinkedIn, is passionate about sea glass, travel, and designing handmade jewelry! After a long career as a school psychologist, she feels truly fortunate to have found her "second" career. Sea glass is considered to be a lucky find! Why? Because even though it may seem that sea glass is simply the product of old glass items thrown into the sea, it takes decades for broken glass to “become” sea glass. Some colors of seaglass are pieces of an item that has not been made or used commercially for many years. Sea glass is no more ‘just glass’ than a diamond is ‘just a rock’.

Jean has a large collection of sea glass from all over the world, and she is always searching for more. Like Jean, I’m fascinated by the many sources of sea glass and their relative rarity. Here are just some of their few fascinating origins:

  • Beer, wine, rum & soda bottles (green)
  • Noxzema jars, milk of magnesia bottles, Evening in Paris perfume, Vick’s
  • Vapo-Rub, poison bottles (cobalt blue) (among the most desirable, considered very lucky to find)
  • Phillips MOM bottles, Bromo Seltzer (cornflower blue)
  • Glass made during WWII, glass made for the Monarchy and Bishops in the church (lavender)
  • Blenko bottle, lemon-lime soda bottles (lime green or chartreuse)
  • Seltzer bottles, Ball canning jars, insulators from electric poles of the 1900s; stained glass and houseware (teal or turquoise)
  • Glass from Anchor Hocking Glass Company (mostly decorative household items), 1950’s Schlitz beer bottle, ‘Red Bottle Beer’, vases, kitchen wares, railroad lanterns, Avon products, boat lights, taillights,and more (red)
  • Decorative glass and warning lights (orange)
  • Depression era glassware, vaseline glass (pink/peach, green and yellow)
  • Jadeite tableware, household items from the Fire King company (mid-1900’s), porcelain lid liners for canning jars, Avon cosmetics (opaque sea glass colors including red, orange, yellow, blue, and more)
  • Glass made with bone ash, tin dioxide, arsenic, and antimony compounds (opalized sea glass, including milk glass)
  • Some glass made in the early 1900s that glows in a black light, often used in housewares (UV or Ultra-Violet Glass)
  • Champagne bottles, some very old, thick glass bottles (black)
  • Old marbles used as ballast on sailing ships, frosted glass-bottle stoppers, glass doorknobs, frosted Japanese fishing floats, old stained glass, and other patterned or uniquely shaped glass (ultra-rare colors and oddities – ‘Treasure Chest Sea Glass’)

puerto rico sea glassJean is ready for a great discussion on sea glass any time, as she is quite an expert. In 2015 and 2016, she was a featured speaker about sea glass and sea glass jewelry on three Silversea Expedition cruises in Alaska, Russia and Australia, and now serves as a featured expert for jewelry making and for cruises on Answers.com. She was named as one of the 23 Best Sea Glass Jewelry designers in the world by Eternal Tools in London, England in 2013. She has also been featured in Glass Beach: A Sea Glass Lover’s Paradise, by Lisa D. Walker, and in Project Mermaid: Save Our Beaches.

Every piece of Jean's jewelry comes with a descriptive card detailing where the sea glass was found. She creates all the designs herself with genuine sea glass she’s found around the world – and believe me, this is a rare gift. There are so many manufacturers of ‘fake’ sea and beach glass out there, it’s a real treat to find someone so authentic! To me, ‘discovered’ sea glass is the most precious. Jean will even custom design jewelry of sea glass you find yourself (or that she has found and you fall in love with), so be sure to get in touch with her if interested in that, via her Etsy shop LuckySeaGlassJewelry. AND, she designs and sells pendants, in case you'd like to feature one of these in your own beautiful jewelry.

You can check out her article on Sea Glass Art, and her Facebook Page. I've featured a few of my personal favorites from Jean's collection -- do you agree they're delightful? 

Note that she's lately extended her repertoire to include natural gemstones and huge natural baroque/Tahitian pearls; she also creates earrings, rings and bracelets as well as necklaces. I recommend you read 'the story' of each piece included in her Etsy shop, as those are about as wonderful as each item.

alaskan sea glass

From top to bottom are: Hawaii Sea Glass necklaceHawaii Sea Glass necklace, a piece tumbled by the Pacific and wrapped in sterling silver, with added sparkle from a dark red heart and blue crystal; Puerto Rico sea glass necklace, with jade stone chips, rose gold wire, white sea glass and quartz; and finally, genuine Alaskan sea glass with a pink Swarovski crystal, wirewrapped with copper and green art wire. This one is especially precious, as it was found on a remote uninhabited island abandoned by Norwegian fisherman in the 1970’s.

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Sheila

 

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