Cobalt blue 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 Argentium silver which is purer than and superior to traditional sterling silver. The sea glass ranges in size from 10mm L x 2mm W to 16mm L x 3mm W. The round beads are 10mm and the other beads range in size from 12mm L x 8mm W to 20mm L x 7mm W. Necklace length is 26". 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
Rare Sea Glass
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.
About The Beads
The round beads with red, yellow-orange and white patterns 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 patterns are painted on with glass and then the beads are fired in a kiln. The patterns will not chip, fade or peel off. The distressed look was created while the glass was still molten.
The striped 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 glass tubular 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.