Aquamarine and kelly green sea glass from the Caribbean, light turquoise Swarovski crystal beads and hand beaded kelly green, lime green and turquoise blue elements are at play in this beautiful bracelet. We found the sea glass on the beaches of Rincon, Puerto Rico and it was worn smooth only by warm tropical surf. I hand beaded the small bead and toggle clasp with glass seed beads and ultra strong beading cord using beading techniques that create a strong structure. I hand pieced this bracelet together with Niobium wire. Niobium is a beautiful dark grey high quality hypoallergenic metal that does not tarnish. It is perfect for threaded beadwork. Sterling silver combined with threaded beadwork is problematic because tarnish removers and silver cleaners could damage the thread. This bracelet is wonderfully maintenance free. The sea glass ranges from 8mm L x 2mm W to 15mm L x 5mm W. The Swarovski crystal beads are 4mm to 6mm. The beaded bead is 10mm L x 5mm W. The toggle bar is 35mm L x 5mm W and the round part of the clasp is 20mm in diameter. This bracelet fits a petite to small wrist.
You will receive the bracelet pictured here.
Why Is This Bracelet So Inexpensive?
I have been making sea glass jewelry full time for over 30 years and am experiencing a calling to explore other art forms. I am phasing out sea glass jewelry and am offering it to you for ultra low "bargain" prices. I am happy to let my sea glass jewelry go for very low prices while endeavoring this transformation.
About The Sea Glass
Common Sea Glass
Kelly green is one of the most abundant types of sea glass. It is a beautiful bright green and is also called bottle green. It reminds me of the color of banana leaves and the lush color of the Caribbean summer rainy season. In Puerto Rico kelly green sea glass comes from lemon-lime flavored sodas such as 7-UP and Sprite. Heineken, Becks Beer and Presidente beer are not strong contributors to the source. When I first moved to Puerto Rico all types of Heineken and Becks Beer were bottled in amber glass. Many years later these beers started to appear in the familiar green bottles. Heineken is now affectionately referred to as "Palmolives" try to imagine Palmolive as it is pronounced in Spanish. Presidente is a green bottle beer from the Dominican Republic and is still fairly new. Kelly green was very abundant on the island's beaches long before beer in green bottles made the scene.
Rare Sea Glass
Aquamarine sea glass looks to be an extension of the sea itself. These sublime treasures evoke a soothing sense of bliss. There is a vast assortment of possible sources for aquamarine sea glass. Thicker and larger pieces more than likely come from old glass insulators. Softer aquas may come from old Coca~Cola bottles or old mineral water bottles.
About The Beads
The small glass seed beads are very high quality Delica seed beads from Japan. These beads are undyed and will never fade or lose their colors. The crystal beads are authentic Swarovski crystal. They are faceted and catch the light beautifully. They shape is bicone. The color is Light Turquoise.