Cobalt blue, cornflower blue, aquamarine, sea green and kelly green sea glass, modern day recycled glass beads and antique glass beads on on endless chain. We found the sea glass while wandering the beaches of Rincon, Puerto Rico and it was worn smooth only by warm tropical surf. I hand pieced this necklace together with Niobium wire. Niobium is a beautiful dark grey metal. It is a very high quality metal that is hypoallergenic and it does not tarnish. The craftsmanship ensures that this necklace is heirloom quality and with proper care it will last for generations. The sea glass ranges in size from 10mm L to 15mm L. The round beads are 10mm and the other beads range in size from 6mm L x 2mm W to 15mm L x 12mm W. Necklace length is 27". This necklace is claspless and easily slips over your head.
You will receive the necklace pictured here.
Why Is This Necklace 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
Cobalt Blue, Cornflower Blue And Aquamarine Are Rare Sea Glass Colors And Sea Green And Kelly Green Are Common Sea Glass Colors
Cobalt blue sea glass is an intense saturated blue. The color is dense, vibrant and jewel like. The best known sources for cobalt blue sea glass are vintage to antique Milk Of Magnesia bottles, Vick's Vapor Rub jars, Bromo Seltzer bottles and Noxzema jars. There are many other sources for cobalt blue sea glass which include a vast array of old depression glass, decorative glass and medicinal bottles.
Cornflower blue sea glass has a dreamy and sublime beauty. Sources of cornflower blue sea glass are the same as those for cobalt blue sea glass. Some possible sources for cornflower blue sea glass are antique Milk Of Magnesia bottles, Vick's Vapor Rub jars, Bromo Seltzer bottles and Noxzema jars that were bottled in light blue glass prior to being bottled in cobalt blue glass. There are many other sources for cornflower blue and cobalt blue sea glass which include a vast array of old depression glass, decorative glass and medicinal bottles.
Sea green is subtle and soothing and possible sources are old wine nd liquor bottles.
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.
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 round aquamarine beads with with the blue and white flowers and the blue pyramid bead are modern day and were made in Ghana with recycled glass. They are made with glass bottles and other discarded glass items that are worked into a powder which is then placed into molds. The beads are fired in a kiln which is made out of termite mound clay that is fueled with crushed palm kernels.
The green and white beads and the green and blue beads are glass and were made in Venice for the African trade. For thousands of years beads and natural found objects such as seashells have been used for currency all over the world. Although these beads are fairly young as trade beads go they show signs of wear, just like our modern day currency, from years of being handled. Just like our paper money and coins there is no telling how many hands they have passed through. Old trade beads are highly collectible just like sea glass! I acquire my old trade beads from some of the worlds leading bead researchers.
The facetted glass beads were made in Bohemia and are hand facetted. They were originally traded by the Russians in the Pacific Northwest. These beads may be hundreds of years old and may date back to the 1700s.