Thursday, August 05, 2021

New trend alert: Sea glass jewelry

WOMEN and jewelry—it’s been a special relationship since the dawn of mankind.

One can never go wrong with giving jewelry made of precious stones and precious metals. We’ve heard of the classics: golds, silvers, pearls, diamonds and the like. A new trend to watch out for is sea glass jewelry—exuding many vibrant frosted colors that remind you of the sea. It is classy and relaxed at the same time, exuding that boho beach-chic vibe.

Island Jewels, founded by Christal Alesna, is one such homegrown jewelry brand with an exquisite collection of rare sea glass jewelry—including necklaces, pendants, bracelets and anklets. Sea glass comes from pieces of glass that have tumbled around in the sea for several decades until their edges are smooth and they get this beautiful frosted texture.

“The story of Island Jewels started from a pair of grey sea glass earrings I fell in love with years ago. They were my favorite to travel with and unfortunately, it was in one of those travels that I lost them,” Chrystal explained.

“I started to search for the exact same ones online, and it was then that I realized how difficult they are to find in our country. I decided to partner with local artisans to create elegant handcrafted sea glass jewelry so they can be available to more women. Each design by Island Jewels comes in different colors for different personality types, for different occasions.”

Unlike most gems, it is created by man and refined by nature. They may come from tableware, jars or bottles. When one starts to learn more about the relationship between sea glass colors and their origins, one starts to understand why they are considered a collector’s item in certain parts of the world.

For instance, a piece of black glass may have most likely come from beer and liquor bottles produced between the 1700s to the 1800s. The story of every piece is intimate and special.

Every Island Jewels’ authentic sea glass handmade piece has a different and unique story to tell. To take a look at its collection, check Island Jewels on Facebook and Instagram.


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