peblsrock

Peblsrock Seaglass from Seaham, England

Seaham Harbour, United Kingdom · 1799 Sales

peblsrock

Peblsrock Seaglass from Seaham, England

Seaham Harbour, United Kingdom 1799 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to Peblsrock, the home of Seaham Sea Glass and seaglass jewellery. We have a full range of Multis, Flip Flops, Just in Times, End of Day, Eggs, Gobs, Spheres and all kinds of oddities. As for colours, we are lucky to be able to find Cobalt Blues, Aquas, Petrol Blues, Cornflower Blues, Pastels, Bright Reds, Purples, Pinks, Greens, Yellows and pastel Milk Glass.

All Sea Glass and Jewellery items now include Postage & Packing to our most popular buyer countries. UK items may be sent recorded delivery depending on value. International Signed is used for unlisted countries.

My philosophy regarding making Sea Glass jewellery is a simple one. Much of the glass i find appears to be just another pebble on the beach, until i pick it up and the light is allowed to enter it. Then it comes alive. For this reason, and after trying many different solutions, I prefer the simplicity of a single tiny hole drilled into the glass, or a groove around it's circumference, for wire wrapping, so that the finished jewellery remains as close to the original as possible, and will allow the light to pass through it so that it's beauty is not lost. Colour is nothing without light, and these colours are fabulous.

If you are new to Sea Glass you should be aware that Seaham Beach has some of the most sought after seaglass in the world, due to it's age, it's history and the rarity of the colours, patterns and variety found in the Seaham waves. This reflects the importance of the Candlish Bottleworks at Seaham, which was part of the largest producer of it's kind in the world during the Victorian era. Thanks to the efforts of John Candlish we have a legacy of collectable glass that is now in collections and jewellery boxes all around the world, something that would have amazed, and pleased, John Candlish the founder of the Seaham Bottleworks.

I am also selling images and sea glass themed items on a separate store at www.seaglass.gallery where i'm selling a full range of prints, posters, canvases and much more. For the past three years i've sold art cards of my Little Yellow Stack on here - for the past two years it has been free, as i only charged for the postage and listing fee. Now i'm changing to offering a digital image as an example of the range of images that you will find in my parallel store, PeblsArt. I may relaunch the cards on that store.

Living North Magazine - Please check the September 2012 edition for a four page spread about my sea glass and jewellery, and a little background to the business and the factory itself. (PDF copy available on request).

PLEASE NOTE - post to the USA can take between 6-12 days and may also be subject to customs or Homeland Security delays, but as a rule, nearly all of our post since 2011 has been delivered to the US within 3 days, and then to it's final destination within 10 days.

Sterling Silver Figaro Chains - following requests from customers, i am now selling pendants without chains but with an option of a standard 18" Sterling Silver Figaro chain.

When you've done browsing, head over to my other store, Peblsart.etsy.com or to my other seaglass themes items at http://seaglass.gallery and if you have any requests, you know where I am, just convo me, or send me an email.
Thank you

Announcement
Last updated on Aug 28, 2016

Welcome to Peblsrock, the home of Seaham Sea Glass and seaglass jewellery. We have a full range of Multis, Flip Flops, Just in Times, End of Day, Eggs, Gobs, Spheres and all kinds of oddities. As for colours, we are lucky to be able to find Cobalt Blues, Aquas, Petrol Blues, Cornflower Blues, Pastels, Bright Reds, Purples, Pinks, Greens, Yellows and pastel Milk Glass.

All Sea Glass and Jewellery items now include Postage & Packing to our most popular buyer countries. UK items may be sent recorded delivery depending on value. International Signed is used for unlisted countries.

My philosophy regarding making Sea Glass jewellery is a simple one. Much of the glass i find appears to be just another pebble on the beach, until i pick it up and the light is allowed to enter it. Then it comes alive. For this reason, and after trying many different solutions, I prefer the simplicity of a single tiny hole drilled into the glass, or a groove around it's circumference, for wire wrapping, so that the finished jewellery remains as close to the original as possible, and will allow the light to pass through it so that it's beauty is not lost. Colour is nothing without light, and these colours are fabulous.

If you are new to Sea Glass you should be aware that Seaham Beach has some of the most sought after seaglass in the world, due to it's age, it's history and the rarity of the colours, patterns and variety found in the Seaham waves. This reflects the importance of the Candlish Bottleworks at Seaham, which was part of the largest producer of it's kind in the world during the Victorian era. Thanks to the efforts of John Candlish we have a legacy of collectable glass that is now in collections and jewellery boxes all around the world, something that would have amazed, and pleased, John Candlish the founder of the Seaham Bottleworks.

I am also selling images and sea glass themed items on a separate store at www.seaglass.gallery where i'm selling a full range of prints, posters, canvases and much more. For the past three years i've sold art cards of my Little Yellow Stack on here - for the past two years it has been free, as i only charged for the postage and listing fee. Now i'm changing to offering a digital image as an example of the range of images that you will find in my parallel store, PeblsArt. I may relaunch the cards on that store.

Living North Magazine - Please check the September 2012 edition for a four page spread about my sea glass and jewellery, and a little background to the business and the factory itself. (PDF copy available on request).

PLEASE NOTE - post to the USA can take between 6-12 days and may also be subject to customs or Homeland Security delays, but as a rule, nearly all of our post since 2011 has been delivered to the US within 3 days, and then to it's final destination within 10 days.

Sterling Silver Figaro Chains - following requests from customers, i am now selling pendants without chains but with an option of a standard 18" Sterling Silver Figaro chain.

When you've done browsing, head over to my other store, Peblsart.etsy.com or to my other seaglass themes items at http://seaglass.gallery and if you have any requests, you know where I am, just convo me, or send me an email.
Thank you

Paula Newman

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Paula Newman

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I was so lucky to find yellow in this pastel shade...then to find a matching pair...happy dance!
So rare to find three shades of blue in one small sea glass pendant.

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We think this one looks like a bike saddle made out of sea glass!
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About

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I discovered Etsy ages ago from nosing around the net looking for something better than e*ay to sell my glass on. I wanted to move away from selling bulk glass into making jewellery and selling fine pieces to collectors who understand the history and meaning of sea glass.

My business was really a hobby, but it grew and in Feb 2012 I decided to take the leap into making it a full time business. Soon I found my sales growing, as they have done year on year ever since. Now I am making use of the thousands of photos of sea glass that i've taken over the years by developing various forms of seaglass art and selling them on my second store, Peblsart. The reason being that one day the glass will simply stop being washed ashore, except modern beer bottles which of course will always be there.

We've been lucky so far, having had 150 years of the finest samples of Victorian and Edwardian coloured glass, shaped by nature (The North Sea) and delivered to our feet twice a day. There are people who make a lot of noise on the net about people taking "more than their fair share" and complaining that whenever tourists come to find glass it leaves nothing for the locals to find - but as anyone with common sense would tell you, this is clearly all rubbish. The glass arrives twice a day, every day, so even if you took all the glass on the beach, 12 hours later there's plenty more to find. If it isn't found, it becomes buried, or washed back out to see, where it may well erode to nothing.

What fascinates me are the colours, the range, the variations and the mix attained when coloured pieces were melted together into "gobs" and hurled into the sea. The fact that someone did this, by hand, in frighningly hot and dangerous conditions, handling such materials as Selenium, Arsenic, Gold and even Uranium, to be mixed into the glass to try and achieve perfection, whether it be of a specific colour or a clarity of glass.

I feel privileged to be able to find these pieces and give them a second life, the ultimate recycling. Collectors the world over value these pieces, with recent sales going to Japan, Hawaii, Chile, South Africa, Australia, Canada and even St Petersburg in Russia. For those customers i feel that my service is important, how else would they get to experience these amazing pieces.

I also find myself acting as a conservationist when i find pieces that are almost completely white, except for a small fleck of colour, a tiny dot, or an almost fully eroded layer, such as the exclamation mark in the photo above. I call these pieces "Just in Time" glass, and for collectors these are seen as valuable additions to their collections.

I hope you now understand my calling, and my desire to keep doing this until the glass runs out. With your help in buying my pieces, i'm sure i can make this a viable business for some time to come. Thank you.

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  • Paula

    Owner

    Hi, i'm Paula, founder, owner, collector, maker and seller of Peblsrock Sea Glass. I live in Seaham, the world centre for End of Day glass, and i collect glass most days as it's washed ashore from the North Sea. All my glass is from Seaham...

  • Becky Bumble

    Illustrator

    Hi. I'm Becky Bumble. I do have my own store here on Etsy but i also work with Peblsrock on various projects, such as the mermaid cards and the new illustration of Seaham. I am happy to accept custom orders in my store.

Local

Find peblsrock at the following upcoming markets!

  • Beach Craft Fair

    Seaham Masonic Hall, 11 North Road

    Seaham, Durham

    Sep 3

    A series of nine fairs taking place in Seaham Masonic Hall, opposite the steps leading to Seaham's famous North Beach. Renowned for it's seaglass, the North Beach is a favourite location for a weekend walk, and the perfect end to this walk would be to call in to the Masonic Hall to take a cup of tea, or a cold drink, and at six of these events, sample the delights of home baked pies and pastries provided by Woodland Home Bakery. Once refreshed, take a turn about the hall for such delights as local Sea Glass Jewellery made by Peblsrock.UK whose Etsy shop sells local sea glass around the world, particularly to the USA. Or take time to examine the fine craft of Malcolm the wood turner whose pieces are on display at every event. There are another 10 sellers/resellers/artists to see before you leave so make sure you allow some time to enjoy what we have on offer. Parking on the sea front is free, and we are a stones throw from the famous Tommy sculpture

  • Peblsrock PopUp Shop

    The Lookout, Unit 11

    Seaham, Durham

    Sep 4

    The first Sunday of every month is Sea Shanty Sunday at The Lookout, the excellent cafe adjacent to Seaham Marina. At each event I will be running my Pop Up Store selling my range of sea glass items, jewellery, mirrors, frames and more. all sourced from the adjacent Seaham Beach, source of the best sea glass to be found anywhere. If you're planning to hunt on the beach yourself, you can bring your finds to me for information and advice on what you can make with them, or I can drill pieces for you to make into jewellery - a perfect souvenir of a day on the beach. Ask about my new range of Mermaid cards.

  • Peblsrock PopUp Shop

    The Lookout, Unit 11

    Seaham, Durham

    Oct 2

    The first Sunday of every month is Sea Shanty Sunday at The Lookout, the excellent cafe adjacent to Seaham Marina. At each event I will be running my Pop Up Store selling my range of sea glass items, jewellery, mirrors, frames and more. all sourced from the adjacent Seaham Beach, source of the best sea glass to be found anywhere. If you're planning to hunt on the beach yourself, you can bring your finds to me for information and advice on what you can make with them, or I can drill pieces for you to make into jewellery - a perfect souvenir of a day on the beach. Ask about my new range of Mermaid cards.

  • Beach Craft Fair

    Seaham Masonic Hall, 11 North Road

    Seaham, Durham

    Oct 8

    A series of nine fairs taking place in Seaham Masonic Hall, opposite the steps leading to Seaham's famous North Beach. Renowned for it's seaglass, the North Beach is a favourite location for a weekend walk, and the perfect end to this walk would be to call in to the Masonic Hall to take a cup of tea, or a cold drink, and at six of these events, sample the delights of home baked pies and pastries provided by Woodland Home Bakery. Once refreshed, take a turn about the hall for such delights as local Sea Glass Jewellery made by Peblsrock.UK whose Etsy shop sells local sea glass around the world, particularly to the USA. Or take time to examine the fine craft of Malcolm the wood turner whose pieces are on display at every event. There are another 10 sellers/resellers/artists to see before you leave so make sure you allow some time to enjoy what we have on offer. Parking on the sea front is free, and we are a stones throw from the famous Tommy sculpture

  • Beach Craft Fawkes Fair

    Seaham Masonic Hall, 11 North Road

    Seaham, Durham

    Nov 5

    A series of nine fairs taking place in Seaham Masonic Hall, opposite the steps leading to Seaham's famous North Beach. Renowned for it's seaglass, the North Beach is a favourite location for a weekend walk, and the perfect end to this walk would be to call in to the Masonic Hall to take a cup of tea, or a cold drink, and at six of these events, sample the delights of home baked pies and pastries provided by Woodland Home Bakery. Once refreshed, take a turn about the hall for such delights as local Sea Glass Jewellery made by Peblsrock.UK whose Etsy shop sells local sea glass around the world, particularly to the USA. Or take time to examine the fine craft of Malcolm the wood turner whose pieces are on display at every event. There are another 10 sellers/resellers/artists to see before you leave so make sure you allow some time to enjoy what we have on offer. Parking on the sea front is free, and we are a stones throw from the famous Tommy sculpture

  • Peblsrock PopUp Shop

    The Lookout, Unit 11

    Seaham, Durham

    Nov 6

    The first Sunday of every month is Sea Shanty Sunday at The Lookout, the excellent cafe adjacent to Seaham Marina. At each event I will be running my Pop Up Store selling my range of sea glass items, jewellery, mirrors, frames and more. all sourced from the adjacent Seaham Beach, source of the best sea glass to be found anywhere. If you're planning to hunt on the beach yourself, you can bring your finds to me for information and advice on what you can make with them, or I can drill pieces for you to make into jewellery - a perfect souvenir of a day on the beach. Ask about my new range of Mermaid cards.

  • Beach Craft Christmas Fair

    Seaham Masonic Hall, 11 North Road

    Seaham, Durham

    Dec 3

    A series of nine fairs taking place in Seaham Masonic Hall, opposite the steps leading to Seaham's famous North Beach. Renowned for it's seaglass, the North Beach is a favourite location for a weekend walk, and the perfect end to this walk would be to call in to the Masonic Hall to take a cup of tea, or a cold drink, and at six of these events, sample the delights of home baked pies and pastries provided by Woodland Home Bakery. Once refreshed, take a turn about the hall for such delights as local Sea Glass Jewellery made by Peblsrock.UK whose Etsy shop sells local sea glass around the world, particularly to the USA. Or take time to examine the fine craft of Malcolm the wood turner whose pieces are on display at every event. There are another 10 sellers/resellers/artists to see before you leave so make sure you allow some time to enjoy what we have on offer. Parking on the sea front is free, and we are a stones throw from the famous Tommy sculpture

  • Peblsrock PopUp Shop

    The Lookout, Unit 11

    Seaham, Durham

    Dec 4

    The first Sunday of every month is Sea Shanty Sunday at The Lookout, the excellent cafe adjacent to Seaham Marina. At each event I will be running my Pop Up Store selling my range of sea glass items, jewellery, mirrors, frames and more. all sourced from the adjacent Seaham Beach, source of the best sea glass to be found anywhere. If you're planning to hunt on the beach yourself, you can bring your finds to me for information and advice on what you can make with them, or I can drill pieces for you to make into jewellery - a perfect souvenir of a day on the beach. Ask about my new range of Mermaid cards.

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Last updated on Apr 17, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

I welcome enquiries regarding custom orders. I am happy to consider making collectable pieces into jewellery items on request, where feasible. I know that many purists would flinch at this desecration of sea glass, but so many of you like to wear and show their sea glass rather than keep it for display that I have relented and will drill or wire wrap most pieces, unless they are cracked, flawed, or too old and fragile.

Sizing details

One of my most common questions is "how big is the piece of sea glass", or occasionally I receive feedback with a barbed comment, "I love the piece but it's smaller than i was expecting!"
Well, for the past three years, every piece has been photographed with at least one image containing a rule for sizing. If you only scan the initial image, this will not be apparent, although it is mentioned in the description and you are recommended to check. If the piece is large enough I will also include weight details, as some collectors appreciate this information. I will also add relevant details when the piece is spherical, or flattened,

Care instructions

Sea Glass has been submerged and sea tumbled, against rocks and pebbles, so while it does erode, it's not exactly fragile. However, it changes appearance when removed from the sea and attains a bloom as the salt frosts the surface. This can be overcome by the application of a tiny amount of oil, olive is good, or a simple unperfumed hand cream, just a tiny amount, to rehydrate the piece. My jewellery pieces have been treated before sale, but some of my collectables are left alone for fear of incurring the wrath of the purists. I understand both worlds, so i try to find a happy medium for everyone.

Care instructions

With my jewellery, i do try to use good quality fittings, and only sterling silver or decent quality gold. My rose gold is plated onto sterling silver, as are the gold earring wires. I rarely buy gold chains, but where i do they will be listed with precise details of quality.
Sterling silver is highly resistant to tarnishing, and my supplier, a well known silversmith in Birmingham, England, will always verify the quality of the Figaro chains that I purchase and the ear wires. A simple wipe should keep these items clean and bright, or maybe if they have received a lot of use, a silver dip. However, it is not recommended to submerge the sea glass in the dip as this may affect appearance of the glass.

Care instructions

Jump Rings are something that I am resisting using more and more.
Where a jump ring has been requested, or used, please be aware that I use Sterling Silver plated open jump rings. These are strong enough to maintain their closed status by closing them under tension. However, this will not prevent them opening when they receive a sharp tug, so when removing necklaces or pendants, please take care not to snag the item.
I now prefer to make my own closed wire loops using a good quality sterling silver plated wire. This helps in two ways, firstly they are closed and so overcome the snagging problem. The added bonus is that the wire doesn't have a need for the hole to be enlarged to accommodate the radius of the jump ring.

Gift wrapping and packaging

From years of experience, I have found that for most customers, a simple organza gift bag for my earrings, and most pendants, is an acceptable option, so i tend to include one for free with purchases.
Should you have a specific requirement for a gift box or some other wrapping option, you will need to click the custom order button or convo me separately to discuss what is possible. I am happy to take care of such requests, and to mail directly to recipients at specified dates when desired.
You only have to ask!

Wholesale availability

I already supply a number of stores around the US and the Caribbean and so I am happy to receive enquiries relating to wholesale supply of glass, drilled or undrilled, as well as earrings, pendants, postcards and prints.
To put it simply, just ask, I'll do my best to supply what you need.
Previous customers have included Tresors de St Barths and the gift shop at the Guggenheim in Berlin.
My tame illustrator, Becky Bumble can also be engaged to supply cards such as my Mermaid cards, and other items for your store, and online uses.

Sea Glass Terminology.

Pebl - My pieces are not "shards" nor are they "beads". Where there's no specific shape, to me it's a Pebl.
End of Day - A term that refers to the glass waste from the bottleworks that, at the End of the Day, would be tossed into the sea.
Multi - a piece of glass containing two or more distinct areas of colour.
Flip-Flop - A white or pale piece of sea glass, with a thin layer of another colour or colours running through the middle, so that the light striking the glass reflects the colour making the pebl appear to be half coloured, and yet when rotated, that colour flips to the other half.
Just in Time - A piece of glass that has almost lost it's colour from years of Sea Tumbling, so just a fleck remains.

Why so many colours?

A transatlantic agreement in 1854 specified the colours of containers for certain poisons, potions and substances, after a spate of deaths caused by accidental consumption of acids or caustic substances by careless Victorians. Carbolic Acid was the worst offender and so it was put in Bright orange bottles. Acids were put into red bottles, and alkalines (think Milk of Magnesia) was given cobalt blue. Then the makers began to play with the colours, for decorative items, and such things as perfume or ink bottles, both of which were very collectable.
Gold was added to red glass to make it brighter, and among the other substances used, Uranium was used to make a ghostly green glass, later sold as Depression glass. Ask me for more details.