pleasanton, california, United States
I specialize in creating handcrafted sea glass jewelry, displayed in sterling silver, from seaglass I collect in Monterey Bay
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Skills and Techniques
Custom seaglass jewelry, jewelry design, wire wrapping, silver work, resin work, hammering. All of my seaglass is 100% authentic from seaglass that I have personally collected.
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About Nancy Allen
Growing up in Santa Cruz, I always loved surfing and exploring the beaches of Northern California. This led to a lifetime hobby of collecting sea glass. After retiring from the corporate world, I turned my passion for collecting these treasures into making unique and handcrafted jewelry, displayed with sterling silver. I hand collect all of my seaglass, primarily from the Monterey Bay sanctuary.
In addition to spending time at the beach, I also work in Napa at a fabulous family owned winery, St. Supery. I created a special collection for our friends who visit Napa as well (see Napa collection section).
My goal is to blend the best of nature, art, and creativity into something special to share with others.
I donate one-third of my profits to local organizations focused on animal rescue and marine conservation:
- Animal Rescue: The Tri Valley Animal Rescue and Lucky Dog Rescue organizations, two animal rescue groups in the San Francisco Bay Area that find homes for over 1,000 animals each year.
- Marine Conservation:
Santa Cruz County Conservation District, the Surfrider Association, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. I was recently recognized as a major business sponsor of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, a local non-profit supporting marine research and education. I am the only sea glass artist who is a major sponsor of this fine organization.
You can find my jewelry in top galleries and unique retail stores along the Northwest coast including:
- Ventana Inn Gallery, Big Sur
- Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay
- Seascapes Gallery, Half Moon Bay
- Island Home and Garden, Santa Cruz
- Sand to Glass Gallery, Monterey
- Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz
- Silver and Stones Gallery, Mendocino
- Garrett Jewelers, Aptos
- Girly Gifts to Go, Pleasanton
- St. Supery Winery, Napa
- Earthenworks Gallery, LaConner, WA
- Tickled Pink, Port Townsend, WA
- Tickled Pink, Gig Harbor, WA
Seaglass is naturally tumbled by the waves over many decades. Some of these jewels magically appear as shimmers on the sand at very low tide on a sunny day. However, the most elusive jewels often required battling undertows to find the most elusive gems and wetsuits are definitely required. There are several remote beaches in Monterey Bay where I find some of my most unusual pieces. For every 100 pieces I collect, only 1-2 pieces make it into a piece of jewelry.
I hope you enjoy wearing my jewelry as much as I enjoy finding these little jewels and creating this jewelry for you.
A recent collection of gems Nancy Allen found
Ozzie, a recent rescue dog, watching over Nancy's collection of gems. I donate over 30% of my profits to local animal rescue groups and marine conservancy groups.
Nancy favorite beach for finding treasures at low tide
Another favorite beach but one needs to get very wet and brave the rip tides to find the best treasures