July 22, 2012

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Jewelry Cards Or Jewelry Boxes?

I would love some feedback on this if anyone actually reads these blogs!! This past week I had a customer who was extremely dismayed to find out that I didn't use jewelry boxes. I put my necklaces on pretty jewelry cards. The customer said that boxes would be much nicer and make a better gift presentation. So, I have been thinking, maybe I should use jewelry boxes....what do you think??
July 19, 2012

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Ideas For Sea Glass Crafts

You can be creative with the sea glass you find without making jewelry! Some fun ideas include: decorating the glass candle holders, jazzing up light switch plates, making pretty sea glass wind chimes or suncatchers, a sea glass bookmark or key chain is always fun and another favorite idea is to make decorative sea glass wine charms. You can find instructions for these crafts by searching on Google. Of course, if you aren't in the mood to be creative, just keeping your special sea glass finds in a pretty container where you can admire them, is great too!
July 16, 2012

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The Daily Deal

This week from July 16th-July 22nd Coastal Charms Jewelry is excited to be featured as part of the Cape Cod Daily Deal! For one special week, customers will be able to purchase a $25.00 gift certificate for just $12.50. (while they last:) Browse Coastal Charms and discover the beautiful sea glass jewelry that nature has helped to create. If you have been considering making a purchase, NOW is the perfect time to do it!! Just go to: capecoddailydeal.com for details. Thanks for checking in!
July 12, 2012

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End of Day Sea Glass

"End of Day" glass was the term used for items that glass workers in England made at the end of their work day. They tried to use up any remaining glass they had. It could be a mixture of many different colors. When the glass workers were finished for the day they would throw whatever they had leftover into the sea. The glass works were the busiest in the mid 1800's. Today we get beautiful multi shaded pieces of sea glass from England.
July 09, 2012

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Beware of "Imitation" Sea Glass!

Genuine sea glass evolves from sharp and shiny broken pieces of glass to smooth and frosty in appearance. Manmade glass can be produced in any color, but finding REAL sea glass is largely just good luck! Genuine sea glass is so much more valuable because it takes Mother Nature decades of tumbling to transform the sea glass from sharp and shiny to smooth and jewelry quality. If your sea glass has a "frosty" appearance it probably is REAL:))
July 08, 2012

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The Best Place to Find Sea Glass

The areas of past shipwrecks often offer greater chances of discovering sea glass according to the experts. Other good locations include former coastal dumpsites and factory sites. For example, Rockland, MA has many recorded shipwrecks and it has been a good place to find pieces of sea glass. Look for an inner harbor that has lots of pebbles and rocks, rather than a smooth, sandy beach. Most people agree that the horizontal tideline of pebbles and debris is a good place to discover a sea glass shard. Happy hunting!! Let me know if you have great luck at a certain location:))
June 10, 2012

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Which Sea Glass Is The Most Rare?

When I discover a beautiful piece of sea glass during one of my walks along the beach, I wonder about it's origin and how many years it took to make it so smooth and frosty in appearance. I usually find whites, browns, and kelly greens, unless I am visiting my step-daughter. On her beach we can find more rare colors like cobalt blue and aqua. My personal favorites are aqua and turquoise. Sea glass colors are categorized into four groups: 1)COMMON: kelly green, brown, and white 2)UNCOMMON: seafoam green, soft blue, forest green, lime green, jade, amber, and golden amber 3)RARE: purple, citron, white(opaque), cobalt blue, cornflower blue, aqua, and pink 4)EXTREMELY RARE: gray, teal, black, yellow, turquoise, red, and orange In Richard LaMotte's book: Pure Sea Glass, it is stated that a person might be able to find a piece of white(clear) sea glass in 1 out of 10 finds, as opposed to a piece of extremely rare orange, which would be 1 out of 10,000!! As you can imagine, I have never found a red or orange piece of sea glass, but I still enjoy "the hunt" and wondering which color might be my next find.
May 25, 2012

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Walking the Beach

Summer is fast approaching and lots of you will be headed to the beach. It is a great time to look for sea glass as you walk the shoreline! Once you find your first piece, it is easy to become hooked. I still get excited whenever I find a piece! Sea glass jewelry is the perfect keepsake gift, because sea glass takes many years of tumbling in the ocean, lake, or river to become smooth enough for jewelry. Mother Nature does such a great job at creating these rare jewels! It is my privilege to design something beautiful with them!
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