Tropical storm Colin has passed and the Gulf Of Mexico is gentle and tranquil once again. While wandering the beach this morning I found a nice assortment of ancient fossilized sharks teeth. Some of our local beaches in Sarasota County, Florida are famous for ancient fossilized sharks teeth and other types of ancient fossils. The beachcombing here is amazing but there is very little in the way of sea glass here. The sea glass that I use to make jewelry with comes mostly from sea glass that we collected while living in Rincon, Puerto Rico and also from sea glass that we collected in Seaham, England. Once in a while we find sea glass on our local beaches here in Florida. This morning while looking for ancient fossilized sharks teeth I did find a piece of amber sea glass. Although amber is a common sea glass color it was still fun to find this piece on the beach this morning!
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For many years now I have been hearing about a highly tarnish resistant silver called Argentium silver. Earlier this year I decided to work with this silver and have fallen in love with it. When Argentium silver sheet metal and wire first arrived in my studio I prefinished one of the sheets with sanding paper and was amazed by how beautiful the silver looked. Before working with a length of wire I pulled it through a pair of wire straightening pliers and was amazed by how the silver behaved. Argentium silver behaves so well while doing both cold work and torch work it is almost like working with gold.
Argentium silver was developed in England by a master silversmith and has become a fast favorite by some of the world's most accomplished metalsmsiths. In the USA one of the worlds leading jewelry making suppliers Rio Grande has really championed this silver and offers great support to jewelers that are now working with it. Many goldsmiths who rarely worked with sterling silver in the past are now working with Argentium silver because of its quality and beauty and because it is similar to gold in how pleasurable it is to work.
Argentium Silver is a really beautiful and luxurious silver It is superior to traditional sterling silver and is purer, brighter and whiter than sterling silver. It is made with 100% recycled silver and is highly tarnish resistant and hypoallergenic. This silver is as dreamy and beautiful as silvery moonlight on the sea.
Now, about the tarnish resistance. Yes this silver is very tarnish resistant. After months in my open air studio in Florida all of my Argentium silver looks beautiful and is tarnish free. All silver does tarnish and when Argentium silver tarnishes it is like it almost does not mean it. The tarnish starts out very light and is very superficial. It is very easy to care for.
I am now working mostly with Argentium silver and 14 karat gold. At this time some of my jewelry designs can only be made with sterling silver. I use a sterling silver dolphin clasp in many of my bracelet designs and for consistency I still make these bracelets with sterling silver so the metal matches in color.
Some of my newest creations! Beautifully handmade bracelets with an abundance of really, really beautiful multicolored sea glass. I made these bracelets with traditional sterling silver and finished them with a length of spiraling chain and a dolphin clasp.
These sea glass treasures were found on a beach in Seaham, England near the site of a Victorian era glassworks. Each one has a magical beauty and is like an enchanting dreamscape. They all look so beautiful grouped together and seem to enhance and empower one another.
These bracelets are available in the Sea Glass Bracelets section of my website. The bracelet in the bottom picture sold instantly. Look for more jewelry with these sea glass beauties in the coming weeks!