Summer is a fantastic opportunity to get a little romantic with what we wear. The fabrics we pick are lighter and often more vibrant in color. We also get the chance to drop our necklines because it’s not quite as cold for a couple of months if we’re lucky. I don’t know about you, but my usual go to jewelry often feels too heavy, and this causes me a real summer jewelry dilemma.
Now maybe you are like me and wonder what’s going to have a lighter touch and look good with rounded, open necklines. I love my long tiered ropes, pendant jewelry, and gemstone necklaces, but they don’t really flatter as much as they do when worn with a turtleneck or over a sweater. What you really want when you wear a lower neckline is a rounded short necklace that frames your face, in a material that doesn’t feel too hot or heavy against the skin as you suffer from the summer heat.
A few years ago, we discovered the wonders of sea glass and started to include it in our summer jewelry collections. Why? Because it feels so smooth and cool to the touch, which helps you to feel cool too. It also has a really romantic vibe to it as it reminds us of the sea, beaches, summer fun and relaxing times.
A Brief History of Sea Glass
I recall someone once asking me if sea glass wasn’t just pieces of broken glass and my answer was, “Yes, and then some”. Sea glass began as bottles and all kinds of glass that went into the sea – some tossed by sailors and fishermen, some caused by shipwrecks. Over hundreds of years, constant surf tumbles the glass chards and softens their sharp edges; the ebb and flow of the tide polishes them to their smoothness before tossing them towards the shoreline.
Sea glass is originally made by man but it has been refined by nature to become the smooth gems we find on the beach. Ironically, glass is made from sand, so we could say that sea glass is returning to its source.
Searching for Beach Glass
Have you ever strolled along a beach searching for sea glass? I have done it myself without much luck. Combing beaches for sea glass has been a long time hobby for many and is a business for some collectors. A serious collector is looking for purple, teal, blue, black and the rarest of sea glass shades – orange. A novice is happy to find brown, green or white. A sea glass expert will study maritime history to determine shipping routes popular in the 1800’s and even go to far corners of the earth to search a beach, base of a cliff or miles of shoreline for these precious slivers of history.
Finding polished sea glass is becoming increasingly difficult. There is less glass around because many objects that used to be made of glass are now made of plastic. Heightened environmental consciousness has increased recycling and reduced the amount of glass thrown overboard or buried in the sand.
A Modern Romance with Sea Glass
That is why we purchase simulated sea glass – to capture the essence of these sea glass treasures without incurring the scarcity cost. Our supplier manufactures faux sea glass in a variety of shapes and beautiful colors that we use to create unique summer jewelry designs.
Sumptuous Sea Glass Jewelry
There are still a few weeks left of summer and sometimes Indian summer stretches until October. Sea glass jewelry in romantic and nautical designs will keep you looking and feeling cool with style.
We design our summer jewelry to evoke the best of the season, reflecting the colors and sensations unique to this time of year. Wearing sea glass jewelry is a great way to reconnect to the magical moments of summer and to bring a bit of sunshine with you wherever you go.
Do you have a piece of jewelry that you wear as a summer momento?