Working with a unique material such as authentic sea glass presents many challenges and many rewards. Throughout this page we will show you the journey the sea glass takes to become a beautiful piece of jewelry!
Hunting for sea glass is wonderful in so many ways . . . it's exciting, relaxing, addicting, and therapudic! To me and my family, finding a beautiful piece of smooth worn sea glass is a thrill. It's like a beach treasure hunt! I am lucky to have lots of little helpers who have well-trained eyes to find these beach gems!
Upon returning home, the sea glass is rinsed in soapy water and laid out to dry.
Each piece of sea glass now gets carefully sorted by color and organized into containers. Sorting of the colors seems to take me forever! There are so may beautiful shades of colors that it can drive you crazy trying to organize them!
I really enjoy sorting the earring pairs when I have the time to devote to it. I like to keep the sorted sea glass out all day and sort a little at a time. I usually like to do this on a nice sunny day. I will get started in the morning, put some music on and start to organize the pieces by shape and size. After a while I find myself tuning out the world and really getting in a zone. In a way it is relaxing, I am so fucused on what I am doing that it clears my mind of whatever else I have going on. This tedious process can take days to complete, especially since I like to set aside a good amount of pairs in each of the colors. It is a process that can't be rushed. It takes some patience, but in the end it is worth it!
After all the glass is collected, cleaned, organized, sorted and paired I can start my favorite part. . . designing the jewelry! I absolutly LOVE the design process. I always try to make a design that works well with the natural beauty of the sea glass. I take into account the differnet shapes of the sea glass and make a design that will show of the smooth organic quality of the glass. My head is always filled with design ideas. The ideas pop into my mind faster then my hands can create them! Most nights you can find me on the couch drawing my ideas into a sketch book.
Once I have decided on a design, I can begin the constuction of the jewelry. I usually lay out the pieces of sea glass for the design before I begin using them. If there is a component I need to make, I work on that first and then finish the design.
Quality of the finished product and quality of the materials used is very important to me. All of Lita Sea Glass Jewelry is made using high quality metals such as solid sterling silver, 14k gold and 14k gold filled. You can always look for Lita Sea Glass Jewelry's stamp of approval on our bezel set designs. The jewelry is clearly stamped .925 (the code for sterling silver), along with "Lita" as long as there is a place to stamp on the back of the design. Look carefully because in some cases the stamp will be on the inside of the bail or on the inside of the setting. All of the fresh water pearls and semi-precious and precious stones used in the designs are genuine. The sea glass used in the jewelry is also genuine, grade A "jewelry quality" sea glass. This means that there are very few flaws, chips or imperfections on the surface of the glass. Sometimes I will use more natural shaped pieces of sea glass that have interesting shapes. In this case, there may be little chips in the surface of the glass and I always refer to these pieces as "organic sea glass". In the description of the item it will clearly state the condition of the glass so you always know exactly what you are getting!
All of our sea glass jewelry is made using beautiful solid sterling silver. Lita Sea Glass Jewelry takes pride in each and every piece of sterling silver jewelry created and strives to make top quality unique designs. For this collection, we have chosen classic designs and timeless settings which are carefully created with much attention to detail. This guide will help you learn to identify quality in sterling silver jewelry and give you some background information about sterling silver itself.
Pure silver is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. Although any metal can make up the 7.5 percent non-silver portion of sterling, experimentation with sterling silver jewelry has shown that copper is the best choice. It helps to improve the metal's hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color. The small amount of copper added to sterling does not affect the metal's value. The price of the sterling silver jewelry is effected by other important factors like the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the craftsperson, the intricacy of the design, and the weight of the piece.
It is the little things that count! What makes a certain piece of jewelry your favorite? Maybe it has beautiful details, it's adjustable or it's very comfortable to wear. It's the fine details that can really set apart one piece of jewelry from another. It is our distinct attention to detail that sets our sea glass jewelry apart from others! Here are a few examples of ways in which we pay careful attention to detail.
When designing a piece of jewelry with multiple colors of glass, each piece is strategically placed so the colors play off each other. I studied color theory in college and spent hours learning about how to arrange colors. When the arangement is put together correctly, it can create an overall balance that is athetically pleasing to the eye.
A perfect fit is the key to comfort! When purchasing a bracelet from Lita Sea Glass, you can select the bracelet size you would like when you place your order. We will make custom adjustments based on your needs prior to shipment. When purchasing a necklace, most are available with your choice of necklace length (usually 16" or 18" long) or it will come with an adjustable back. The adjustable back is always finished with a fresh water pearl or sea glass accent to provide a clean polished look.
Don't forget about durability! All of Lita's Sea Glass Jewelry is made with durability in mind. Solid sterling silver and secure components are used so that you can enjoy every day activities without worring about your jewelry. We make sure the edges are smooth too so that the jewelry will not catch on your clothing either.
Fine details and design can be found in every piece our sea glass jewelry. From hand applied beaded details and pearl finishes to hand made chains and embelished charms, each piece of Lita Sea Glass Jewelry is carefully thought out and designed from top to bottom.
*Above are 3 examples of attention to detail. Starting from the left, the first picture shows and adjustable back with a sea glass drop. The second picture is a zoomed in look at the adjustable back with a fresh water pearl drop. The third picture shows strategic color placement.
As you can see there are many steps and processes that go into making beautiful sea glass treasures! From start to finish, each piece of sea glass jewelry is truly one of a kind, made with patience and a lot of love!
With proper care, your sterling silver jewelry will last a lifetime. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your sterling silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box. Avoid exposing your sterling silver jewelry to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach, or when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver. Care should also be taken to prevent silver tarnish build-up, a dulling that naturally occurs when silver reacts with the air. To clean your sterling silver jewelry, use a polishing cloth formulated specifically to remove tarnish. You can find sterling silver jewelry polishing cloths here in our website. Tarnish is most easily removed when it first becomes visible so it is important to clean your sterling silver jewelry regularly.