About Cultured Sea Glass
Why I chose to use cultured sea glass over authentic:
Sea glass is becoming increasingly harder to find these days. I love sea glass and the mysterious features of it. You never know where the sea glass came from, what it once was, but now it’s perfectly tumbled and some are very colorful and fun to hunt for. Sea glass is becoming harder to find because we the people are doing better when it comes to recycling and people aren’t just carelessly throwing glass and trash into our oceans, hence why there isn’t a lot of glass anymore. There’s still a lot of glass to be searched but the competition is heavier, there’s many more people searching the coasts for sea glass. I love walking the beach for hours and searching for sea glass. I love hearing the waves crash, feeling the warm sun and the hot sand between my toes. Many people love the beach for many different reasons. Some go to the beach to surf, boogie board, build sandcastles, search for treasures, fish, tan, whatever the reason may be, people hold special memories at the beach. Since not everyone lives at the beach I wanted to create a piece of jewelry that you could wear that would remind you of the sea even when you couldn't physically be there. I wanted to redefine the sea glass jewelry industry by creating pieces that you can wear everyday whenever you live. Sea glass jewelry is fancy, dainty and expensive, there’s nothing wrong with that but naturally sea glass jewelry is designed to be very nautical and I would look out of place where I live. So I set out to redefine the industry by using cultured sea glass and creating casual yet durable designs to be worn for everyday adventures.
The craftsmanship behind a Lampwork bead:When you read one of my product desciptions and read that it’s a lampwork bead it means I’m working with a Self Representing Artist to create my cultured sea glass beads. These lampwork beads are handmade one by one and not mass produced. The bead itself is referred to as “Lampwork'' because the beads are created over a heat source. Back in the 1300s, artisans used oil lamps which is how the beads came to be known as “Lampwork''. The style originally started out in Italy until it later spread throughout Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world. To make each bead, artisans use special rods of colorful glass that melt using a special torch. As the glass melts, the artisans start to form the bead around a steel rod. Then each bead is etched for a frosted sea glass bead appearance. This is why I refer to all my beads as cultured sea glass because the glass beads look like the sea glass you would find at the shoreline. After the bead is carefully crafted, the beads are placed in a kiln. They do this through a process called annealing which ensures the beads are strong and durable. Lastly the artisans clean the bead release out of the hole so the bead is perfect for myself to start assembling and turning their amazing craftsmanship into the jewelry you know and love from my brand. All the artisans I work with create the beads at home, one at a time and no mass production. Each artisan strives for perfection and uniqueness!