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The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass

by | March 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass

Written/photographed by Mary Beth Beuke

Foreword by Lisl Armstrong

Last year I was asked to write the foreword for The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass. When I received the manuscript I instantly felt honored and got blissfully lost as I journeyed along the pages of this soulful book! Mary Beth Beuke is a fellow sea glass jewelry artist from the Pacific Northwest. She has collected sea glass all over the world and has an exquisite sea glass collection. You may already be familiar with her company West Coast Sea Glass.

The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass will be available mid June. You can preorder a signed copy on the West Coast Sea Glass website: The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass

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Simple Elegance In An Ear Wire

by | March 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first started making jewelry I used what are called "purchased ear wires". Purchased ear wires are mass produced and are sold in bulk. Over the years I became increasingly disenchanted with how they look. To my eye they look like utilitarian "hardware". 

I have always loved things from antiquity, especially ancient jewelry. I grew up in Baltimore which is home to the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery has a beautiful collection of ancient jewelry and I have spent many days just gazing at these beautiful treasures behind museum cases. My passion for the ancient world has been further stoked by ancient jewelry collections I have seen in museums in Paris, London and throughout Italy. 

Sea glass has a soulful, timeless beauty and I strive to make jewelry that looks to have emerged from antiquity. I am very fussy about what kind of ear wires I use for my earrings and found that the only way to give sea glass earrings an ancient elegance is to make ear wires from scratch here in my studio, and to also carefully source the ones that I do not make. I make them with sterling silver that I form on mandrels and then forge and finish by hand. The final step before burnishing is to soften the ends by filing and sanding them. I recently started sourcing some beautifully handmade ear wires and earring components from Balinese artisans that work beautifully with sea glass. This careful attention to very simple details makes a huge difference in terms of quality and beauty. 

 

The ear wires below were hand wrapped and formed in our studio

Handmade ear wires

Out Of The Blue Sea Glass Jewelry

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Caribbean Nirvana!

by | March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Handmade earrings with rare aquamarine and cobalt blue sea glass that we collected in the Caribbean.

For many years we wandered beaches in Rincon, Puerto Rico all day just about everyday. With a jug of water, tropical fruit for snacks, a bag for our treasures we spent our days collecting sea glass, seashells etc. This was before the internet ( we didn't even have a phone for many of those years! ) and before sea glass became popular. On most days we were the only ones collecting sea glass and practically had these epic beaches to ourselves. As a result of this we have an incredible collection of Caribbean sea glass! We have just finished adding some earrings with really beautiful pieces of aquamarine and cobalt blue sea glass that we found in Puerto Rico and will be adding more very soon. These treasures are as beautiful as the Caribbean surf from which they emerged ~ Enjoy!

Out Of The Blue Sea Glass Jewelry

Posted in Aquamarine, Beaches, Caribbean, earring pairs, earrings, Puerto Rico, Rincon, sea glass, tropical

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