Rare blue Davenport art glass, sea glass necklace on sterling silver
I collected this gorgeous, rare, piece of blue and white sea glass from Davenport 2 winters ago. It is a collector piece of old art glass with an amazing blue and white lightening rod type design with two shades of blue. It is a perfectly rounded oval piece on all sides. Davenport is one of the prized sea glass location because it is the source of old art glass from the Lundberg Glass Factory (they make specialty blown glass ware for top shops and even the White House). See below for more about what makes Davenport so special.
I decorated with with a minimalistic but elegant wire wrap design that lets the natural sea glass piece shine. Although a minimalistic design, i created this unique design using 5 different styles/gauges or sterling silver wire.
Dimensions: About 1 1/2 inches long and 3/5ths on an inch wide. It is perfectly rounded (in oval shape) on all sides.
This comes with a high quality 18 inch Italian made sterling silver snake chain (or 16 inches if you prefer)
The price on this unique piece is higher than most of my pieces as i only find about one piece of sea glass a year at Davenport of this size and high quality. That is because the sea glass and rocks are covered by sand most of the year, there is a diminishing amount of old art glass to be found, and it is very dangerous to collect sea glass here due to the treacherous waves.
About Davenport sea glass (credit to Mary McCarthy for history)
Davenport, about 8 miles north of Santa Cruz, is a beautiful, remote beach, but has some of the most treacherous waves that can be found
Up the hill from the beach is the Lundberg Art Studio, where handmade glass has been manufactured since 1970. Due to heavy flooding in a storm that overflowed the San Vicente Creek, large bins of the “end of day” glass stored behind the studio spilled downhill, washing through the creek and ending up in the ocean. These pieces of glass are what tumbled in the waves, becoming the much sought-after sea glass now considered the most rare and beautiful in the United States because of their colors and patterns.
But there’s a problem for beachcombers hoping to find some of the colorful sea treasures. Sea glass hunting at Davenport beach isn’t strolling along a shoreline picking up pretty colored glass. This is extreme sea glass hunting, usually performed in full wetsuits by surfers or divers who know the surf. The spot where the choice “nuggets” wash up for about a half-second before the next wave comes is known as “the pit,” and there’s never really dry sand there at all—just the ocean, its crashing waves often as high as 20 feet or more, pounding against a cliff.
First Item: $8.95
Additional Items: $1.00
First Item: $4.95
Additional Items: $1.00
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o Sales tax is added in California
o Your jewelry is carefully packaged for shipment and all jewelry is gift wrapped. Within the US, jewelry is packaged in a cocoa colored gift box with a ribbon and a card about the sea glass. For Canadian clients, i may gift wrap in an organza gift bag instead of a box to reduce your shipping costs.
o Shipping is via USPS First Class mail or Priority Mail in the US and includes delivery confirmation.
o I use USPS First Class International for Canada. This can take about 2 weeks. The customer is responsible for any applicable custom charges that may apply.
o US: $4.95 for first item; $1.00 for additional items (includes delivery confirmation).
o Canada: $8.95 for the first item; $1.00 for additional items. Customer responsible for customs.
o Feel free to e-mail me if any questions. Also, please e-mail me within 7 days if any issues or damage with shipping so we can immediately take care of that for you (and please save your original packaging materials).
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Returns are accepted within 7 days of the date you receive your order. Returned items must be in their original, unused condition. Please ship item(s) in a padded sealed bag with your gift box inside of a padded envelope or a postal box. Please include a copy of your receipt. Shipping fees not reimbursed.
We do not accept responsibility for returned parcels lost in transit. That is why we purchase "delivery confirmation" when we mail a package to you for shipment in the US and recommend you do so as well so we can track your package if I do not receive it. Insurance is also available by parcel carriers and we recommend you purchase that when you return the item in case it is lost in transit.
Custom jewelry pieces are made just for you. As such, we request custom work be prepaid. There are no returns on custom jewelry so be sure you are comfortable with your design before placing your order. If there is anything defective with the piece please let me know within the week so i can get this corrected for you.
Monterey Bay Seaglass Jewelry is durable and wears well with good care.
As with all fine sterling silver. one needs to care for the jewelry to maintain the jewelry and to prevent tarnish, which creates dark spots on the silver. When oxygen or sulfur come in contact with silver, they chemically bond to its surface and cause the silver to appear dirty or discolored. Discoloration can also occur when chemicals such as hairspray, perfumes and body lotions are put on the jewelry or in proximity to the sterling silver,.
Fortunately, caring for sterling silver and reducing tarnish is as simple as doing the dishes. All you need is to arm yourself with a few facts about the metal and a few tips and tricks for care and cleaning.
o We recommend taking your jewelry off before showering or swimming and always before sleeping. Chains can kink and wire work can get twisted or crushed if one sleeps with jewelry. Some of my designs have fine silver wraps that are not designed to hold up if one crushes them while sleeping or showers/swims with them.
o Put on your jewelry as the last step after you have put on your lotions and sprays.
o When not using your jewelry, store in an airtight bag (such as zip lock) and in a dark and dry area. You may also want to put an anti tarnish strip inside as well.
o Try to stay on top of any tarnish vs. letting it build up so it can be easily shined.
o Gently wash your jewelry with warm water and liquid dish soap to help prevent tarnish build up on the silver and the sea glass.
o To remove tarnish, you can use gentle silver creams such as Wrights Silver Cream. It is a gentle foaming silver cleaner. Make sure you rinse your jewelry well after cleaning and blot it dry with a soft wash cloth. You can also use a silver polishing cloth such as Sunshine Polishing cloth (about $2.50) or a cloth you use with your silver dining way. You can find these at many grocery or hardware stores, on Amazon and at some craft stores.
Here are cautions on other products sometimes used.
o Silver dips such as Shine Brite will quickly remove tarnish but may damage pearls and soft gemstones so carefully follow instructions. If your jewelry contains any components that have a patina finish, silver dips will likely remove the patina.
o Polishing cloths are handy to use on simple things like jump rings and ear wires, but may be difficult to use on small silver components and can leave smudges on the sea glass and your hands (they will also remove a patina) .
Keeping your glass clean-gently wash in warm sudsy water and dry. If you desire, you can use baby or mineral oil to deepen the color of your sea glass and reduce the frostiness. This is a personal choice. If you do this rinse the glass and blot any excess oil with a soft cloth.
If you have any further questions on cleaning or care for your jewelry or need repair work please email me.
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