Sunday, August 18, 2013

Summer Sea Glass Bling!

Summer Ring Bling

We have just added some B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L genuine sea glass rings!

Check them out at Summer Sea Glass Rings

Friday, August 16, 2013

Never give up!

Never give up!

My Plumeria FINALLY has bloomed. After 2 winters of hard freezes, we did not give up on this plant. Today it FINALLY rewarded us. I also was able to get a great shot of this dragonfly in the process.

Never give up, never stop trying!

These heavenly scented flowers are used traditionally in Hawaiian leis. More info on Plumeria 

This visitor stopped by the studio today. It is unusual to get so close to one but I think he was attracted to the bright bloom and heady fragrance of the flower!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

My Personal Multies

Unsorted Seaham Sea Glass Multies

Personal Multies

I had so much fun today sorting through my personal collection of English Multicolor Sea Glass.

These pieces are works of art in themselves and I often can get distracted for hours just looking at them and holding them up to the light.

Seaham Multi sea glass is a result of colored glass accidentally getting combined in coloring crucible at an art glass factory. They were then discarded into the local rivers and sea. now they wash up on shorelines surrounding this tiny hamlet in England.

How did they come about?

Well in glass making, raw molten glass is combined with various minerals to achieve different colors. For Instance Cobalt glass uses Oxide Blue-Violet, Chromic Oxide for Emerald Green glass, Gold Chloride for Red. (for more info on glass colors, see A coloring crucible or large vat is used to combine the flowing glass with the coloring agent. It gets built up on the sides, cools and then the crucible is cleaned an "waste" discarded. In this case, into the North Sea.

There are other types of "Art Sea Glass" both from this location and from 2 or 3 others around the world making it precious and rare. The other types of mixed color sea glass from Seaham include Pontil Pieces and flash glass (used in windows in England).

We are proud to be the first artist in American to acquire and work with these unaltered natural sea glass gems and maintain the largest collection outside of the UK. If you would like to see some of our jewelry made from these lovelies, check out our website for English Sea Glass Jewelry.

More Multi Photos

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Limited Edition Sea Glass Jewelry Pieces

Sea Glass Jewelry in SilverWe are busy this month working on new Limited Edition pieces set in fine and sterling silver. Pictured here is some amazing colorful flat sea glass that we have begun to set in silver. We often do larger pieces as components. This allows for changes in design to be made to the final piece. It also allows us flexibility if one of the pieces is below our standards when complete.

By The Sea Jewelry only offers the finest pieces. If a finished product is not perfect, We tear it down and start over.

You can see this piece when it is done on our Limited Edition pages. There are many already to ship if you don't want to wait!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

22 beautiful U.S. beaches

 22 beautiful U.S. beaches -

I am sure everyone has their favorite beach. Here are CNN's top 22. Though they missed some of my favorite sandy spots, this is a nice collection of beach locations.

My personal favorite beaches are Ocracoke, South Nags Head, Pea Island on Hatteras Island,Sebastian Inlet Beaches and Siesta Key Beach. All but Siesta beach are remarkably not overdeveloped. These beaches either restrict building heights or are mostly wild with an abundance of sea oats, sea glass and pure heaven!.

I guess I like the uncrowded areas as walking on the beach to me is a solitary pastime. Even if there is no sea glass to be found, the silence and serene beauty of an unpopulated beach is like going to church.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Our Studio

Our Studio

Our Studio

We have just updated our Studio page with some new photos!
Check out the behind the scenes of By The Sea Jewelry