Our sweet girl Ruby passed to the other yesterday. She was here at home surrounded by people she loves and an incredibly caring and compassionate vet. Moments after she crossed over we went out into the yard and a large orange butterfly came towards us. It circled around again and flew over the room where our sweet girl was. The sky was an intense blue and the flowers in our garden became luminously vibrant moments after she started her travels. Peace, Love and Freedom to you beautiful Ruby!
The North American Sea Glass Association has just kicked off a new member interview blog series called "Meet the Members." Every member will be featured in this series. I am so honored to have just been featured! I hope you will all follow this blog and enjoy getting to know all of the great NASGA members!
“Meet the NASGA Members” – Out of the Blue Sea Glass Jewelry, Lisl Armstrong
A scene from this mornings beach walk on Boca Grande, Florida. The Gulf Of Mexico was in all of it's sublime and nirvanic glory today. If you have ordered from us before then you already know that we include a small packet of beach found seashells with every piece of jewelry that we sell. We collected lots of beautiful shells this morning to add to your orders!
New Enchanting Porthole Lockets Just Added
We have just finished adding new sea glass filled Enchanting Porthole Lockets to our website! Our lockets are filled with beautiful sea glass that was collected on beaches in Puerto Rico, California and England. We will be adding many more lockets in the coming weeks with beach found seashells and ancient fossilized sharks teeth. One thing that you will never find in any of our lockets or jewelry is sea creatures such as seashells, sand dollars and starfish etc. that were harvested live. Millions of these lovely animals are harvested live annually for the souvenir and craft industry. Many consumers of these items never stop to think about their origin and how they were sourced. The practice of harvesting these sea creatures live is environmentally destructive and unsustainable. Out Of The Blue Sea Glass Jewelry is dedicated to raising awareness about the sea life industry.
Even before I made jewelry and before sea glass came into my life I was intrigued with old glass African trade beads and have been collecting them, along with other types of old glass trade beads, for decades. Old glass beads come to us from another time and they have been on a very long journey. They show signs of change and wear from years of being handled, traded and lost in the earth. These old beads are soulful, beautiful and have a story to tell. Most of the African trade beads I work with were made in Europe from the late 1800s to the 1950s with some that date back as far as the mid 1800s.
Over the millennia seashells, stones and glass beads etc. have served as forms of currency throughout the world. Glass beads were produced in Europe for trade in Africa where they were once a major form of currency. For hundreds of years Europe produced glass beads and traded them in Africa for incense, ivory, tortoiseshell, rhinoceros horn, palm and coconut oils, timber, gold, etc. and for slaves.
The importation of slaves into the United States was outlawed in 1808 yet continued to some extent up until the late 1850s. In the United States the 13th amendment to abolish slavery was passed by the Senate in 1864 and by the House in 1865. By this time many other countries had abolished slavery as well.
As an artist my mind journeys across history while working with African Trade beads and I think they should be handled and worn with reverence and respect. These beads have a story to tell and serve as a departure point for discussions about history as well as modern day life.
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