It has felt, ‘Oh so very good’ to be making consistently again and I have loved the opportunity to start making some new designs with some of my beautiful ocean gems.
I have only recently discovered the term ‘Ocean Gems’, which is an apt and fitting way to describe these perfect, organic shaped, frosted pieces of glass that have spent countless years in the ocean. To me, they do have gem-like qualities, each piece being totally unique in shape, colour, texture and form.
When I started making jewellery with seaglass back in 2008 there were not that many designers creating pieces with these beautiful ocean gems. Certainly there were alot of collectors of sea glass and there was a little information on the web about working with seaglass but I had to learn by trial and error how to combine these gems into my designs.
Fast forward 8 years and there are countless jewellers and designers making incredible pieces of jewellery with seaglass. But it has always been my desire to show off the inherent beauty in each piece that I work with and my designs have remained fairly uncluttered and classic.
A few years ago I discovered raw, rough diamonds at a Trade Show and I was hooked. Always a sucker for the natural look I bought several strings of these tiny, beautiful, uncut, genuine (non coloured) stones. I love the contrast between the relatively smooth, slightly pitted surface of seaglass and the rough, glittery organic surface of raw diamonds and so I have started combining them together in my designs. Initially it was purely from a design perspective but now with so many seglass jewellery out there it has become my signature look, a way for my designs to have a unique feature.
Each necklace and bracelet will feature at least one raw/rough cut diamond or sapphire added to a jump ring or the clasp at the back of the necklace, adding a lovely finishing touch.