Since opening my showroom in Bar Harbor, I’ve learned that sea glass jewelry is in high demand. I love the stuff, but have intentionally stayed away from it because I used to apprentice with a woman who made it her trademark. At the time, not so many designers were making jewelry with it. We live on the same island. Therefore, I kept my distance from the material for 15 years. Last fall, I went on a field trip visiting galleries on my own Island and throughout Downeast Maine. I quickly realized that there is a lot of sea glass jewelry made in all kinds of styles by many different artists now. The woman I worked with is fully established (wildly successful) and so I feel free to offer you at long last, my Bar Harbor collection.
Did you know it takes the ocean roughly 40 years to make a well-rounded piece of sea glass? Did you know that with all of the recycling we now do, the sea glass is not being replenished? So it’s ironic when you consider that this beautiful, natural bi-product of littering (lets be realistic after-all) could actually be mined out! It is getting harder and harder to find nice sea glass. All of my glass is from Maine or Prince Edward Island in Canada. Our family’s very own Katy Perry (David’s Grammie), writer extraordinaire, found these pieces.
This piece of green sea glass isn’t exactly the common bottle green as it has a tint of blue/teal. The difference is subtle and my eye is pretty keen to color. I didn’t capture the teal in this particular photo either. It is lovely. Hanging from this piece of sea glass are three rectangular boulder opal beads that dance and turn. The pendant measures 2” x ¾” including the bail and boulder opal beads. It is strung with facetted andalusite beads to 16 ¼” in length with a silver soldered spring ring clasp.