A new addition to the SwellColors repertoire is the ability to make you stunning, artisan crafted, custom made sterling silver and sea glass jewelry. We have a silver-smithing studio on site and are excited to offer fully customizable jewelry options. Choose from our wide selection of sea glass and semi-precious stones, or send us your own wonderful beach finds to be set in silver. We love a new challenge, so any ideas are welcome! Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings are all available with custom options. Our jewelry makes an excellent gift for someone you love, each piece can have all kinds of personal details- like the date of your proposal, or anniversary, or the name of a favorite place that holds special memories for you and yours. Contact us today!
SwellColors Glass Studio & Gallery
Shades of Blue...
Sea glass begins as normal shards of broken glass that are then persistently tumbled and ground until the sharp edges are smoothed and rounded. In this process, the glass loses its slick surface but gains a frosted appearance over many years. Naturally produced sea glass originates as pieces of glass from broken bottles, broken tableware, or even shipwrecks, which are rolled and tumbled in the ocean for years until all of their edges are rounded off, and the slickness of the glass has been worn to a frosted appearance.
Pictured above are some samples of sea glass and pearl necklaces paired with cz accents, and a wrap-set blue onyx semiprecious stone. Blue sea glass is a rare find these days, as often the source is old milk of magnesia bottles or other medicine bottles. The deep cobalt color in particular is a favorite of sea glass lovers, as it captures the magic of the water in both the sea and the sky. Pick from our extensive collection from years of beachcombing, or send us your incredible finds!
We love to add personal and touching details to our silver jewelry. Pictured above is the back detailing of a custom sea glass bezel-set necklace. It has some gentle sand-like stippling, an anchor stamp, the phrase "loved forever", and three delicate genuine pearl drops. In stock, we have a number of different character stamps to choose from, including an anchor, a sea horse, a compass rose, a heart and a star. Ask about custom messages for your treasured piece.
The spectrum of seafoam colors of sea glass are also much beloved by seasoned beachcombers. Many of these colors come from old Coca Cola bottles, as well as many other types of drinking and canning containers from a certain era of production around the early 1900s. Not quite as rare as the cobalt blues, but just as loved! Ask to see some samples from our collection today!
The Locals...A Celebration of the Wild on LBI
Everyone who encounters the shores of Long Beach Island seems to find a little piece of home here, including myself. I have been coming to Long Beach Island since before I was even born, and there is an indescribable hold that this place can have on a person. There is no other place in the world quite like it, certainly not that I have experienced. I have noticed that being identified as a local of Long Beach Island is quite coveted- I feel a desire to identify as such, even though I now live in Philadelphia! But this term, "local" has really been buzzing around in the art-cultural ether I feel lately, so I thought, what better way to explore place and identity than through the humblest of local creatures? "The Locals" series serves to honor the life that makes LBI truly unique. Each piece is made of a mix of sterling silver, brass, sea glass, sea stones, and semi-precious stones entirely by hand. Enjoy the true locals of Long Beach Island!
-Ceire Parker, artist and silversmith