What is sea glass?
Sea glass is a wonderful treasure! It starts out as refused glass that has been tossed into the ocean. As the glass breaks apart by force or against rocks the small pieces of glass get smoothed by the sand and sea. Over time with the wear and tear of the ocean the edges of the glass get soft. Sometimes a piece of glass can be in the ocean for 50 to 100 years before it is washed up on shore!
Do you use real sea glass? Yes! All of the sea glass used by Lita Sea Glass Jewelry is genuine and is used just as we found it washed onto the shore. I do drill some of the sea glass for styling purposes and I will apply a little baby oil to bring out it's true color on some of the more frosted pieces.
~ Lita Sea Glass Jewelry is a proud member of the North American Sea Glass Association! We are dedicated to working only with natural found sea glass (beach glass).
Where do you get your sea glass?
Much of the sea glass I use has been hand picked by myself and members of my family (be sure to check out pictures of our sea glass trips on the "a look behind the jewelry" page). I am so lucky to have a wonderful family that helps me with the on going hunt for sea glass! Over the years I have aquired a large collection but we still go on regular sea glass hunting trips. Myself, my parents, my brother and my aunt, uncle and cousins all take part in looking for sea glass while on vacation or out walking for the day at the beach. I do occasionally buy from professional sea glass collectors to get the very rare English sea glass pieces.
Do you make custom orders?
Yes! I am happy to make a custom order for you with a piece of glass you have or an idea. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with you to discuss the details of your jewerly.
How should I care for my sea glass jewelry?
The best way to keep your sea glass jewelry clean is to keep it air tight. Air is a natural oxident. I suggest to keep your jewelry in a zip bag inside another container this will lock out the air and keep it looking new! Also if you like your silver to stay looking shiny, do not wear it swimming or in the shower. If your jewelry does get a little dull the best way to re-polish it would be with a silver polish cloth.
How do you price your sea glass jewelry? All of the jewelry is priced based on the amount of silver used; by the gram weight, the rarity of the sea glass and the time it takes to make the finished product. I only use fine materials such as solid sterling silver, 14k gold, 14k gold filled, semi-precious stones and jewelry quality sea glass.
Why do some sea glass colors cost more then others? The differnece in cost associated with color is because some colors of glass are extremely rare and hard to come across. Colors such as red, orange, gray and teal or tuquoise blues along with the ultra rare pieces from England are extremely rare to find. Red sea glass for example, is rare to find because red glass was often made using gold chloride. This method obveously has a high expense associated with it and was only made occasionaly. The quality of the sea glass is also an important factor when determining the value of the glass. A piece of perfect "jewelry quality" sea glass that is very smooth and frosted with no nicks or breaks is going to be worth a lot more because of it's perfect condition.
Can you re-size the sea glass rings? Becuase the sea glass can easily break when the ring is re-soldered for the sizing, I preferr not to risk it! If you are looking for a ring in a certain size please contact me. I will be happy to accommodate you as best I can!
Can you adjust the size of bracelets and necklaces? Yes! In most cases you will be able to choose the size you would like using a drop down menu when viewing the prodcut. For bracelets I offer size 7", 7.5" and 8", if you need a different size please contact me and I will be happy to work with you. For necklaces, in most cases I offer size 16" or 18". Again if you would like shorter or longer please contact me. In some cases you can always purchase just the pendant and shop the sterling silver chains section of the website to purchase a chain in the length you would like.
Do you have a retail shop?
We sell to over 40 retail locations. To find a list of stores click the "Retailers" link located on the top navagation menu. Our personal shop is our web site, which has the largest selection and most up to date items that we offer.
What credit cards do you accept? We accept Visa, Master Card and American Express. You may also choose to pay using pay pal. You do not need to have a pay pal account to use pay pal. You can also pay using your credit card through pay pal.
How can I view the status of my order?
Please click on "My Account" at the top of our website. You will need to sign into your account, from there you can click the date of the order you wish to view. If you do not have an account with us then please check your email. When your order is shipped you will receive an email confirmation of the shipment containing the tracking information. If you need further assistance please email us at (email@example.com) and we will track your shipment for you.
What are your shipping costs?
We offer free priority shipping on all orders with in the U.S.A. and priority insured mail shipping for a low flat rate of $4.95. We also offer overnight shipping options that you will be able to select at check out if you choose. WE DO NOT MAKE A PROFIT ON SHIPPING (Priority mail shipping cost us over $5 but we offer it at $4.95 for your convenience). WE OFFER LOW SHIPPING COSTS AT OUR EXPENSE IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE POSSIBLE!
Why should I be a registered customer?
Registered customers have the advantage of receiving promotions we offer to our customers only. Also it will keep track of your orders and this may help with future ordering.
Do you have a catalog?
For retail our catalog is our web site. Because everything we offer online is the exact piece you receive a catalog would be impossible. If you are a retail shop and would like to carry our line, we do have a catalog of our designs. When ordering please understand that each item will differ slightly in size, shape and color. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a catalog.