Sea Glass Jewelry Designs From Trudy James

San Diego, California

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Last updated on Sep 11, 2021

We are taking a short break and will reopen in a few days. Thanks.

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About SunSurfAndSeaglass

Sales 107
On Etsy since 2015

Sea Glass - Gems With A Story All Their Own

Sea glass is a relatively new medium for me. Even though I grew up in Southern California, I wasn't one of those people who hunted for sea glass along the beaches. In fact, I didn't know of its existence.

One day, several years ago, I was participating in a local art and craft show selling my jewelry. A customer came up to me and handed me a few pieces from her treasured sea glass collection. She asked if I could make some jewelry for her out of it. She told me about her collection, where each piece came from, when she found it and who she was with. It was fascinating to me that anyone could be so emotionally attached to a little piece of glass that was once discarded trash! I was intrigued by her stories and couldn't stop looking at the frosty, pastel colored gems she gave me. I said 'yes' to her request and made her a necklace and bracelet. Ever since then, I've become 'obsessed' with sea glass. I started collecting it, learning about it and making jewelry with it.

I started taking my sea glass creations to the art and craft shows and was overwhelmed by how many people stopped to have a look. So many stories and wonderful memories people shared with me. Some families had collected sea glass for generations. Some beach combed all the world for the tiny treasures. And of course, there were a few stories of those who managed to find that illusive piece of 'red' glass.

It was then I realized sea glass wasn't just glass, it's a passion! Each piece has a story to tell, a life of its own, a mystery of history and adventure, a common language around the world.

I hope you enjoy looking at my shop. I love making sea glass jewelry. My goal is to create unique designs showcasing the sea glass and sharing its beauty. Even the smallest piece is a treasure!!!

Shop members

  • Trudy James

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I've spent my lifetime being creative. My first original art work was done in red lipstick on my parent's living room carpet when I was 3. I've explored other mediums since then. Designing and creating sea glass jewelry is one of my current faves!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 31, 2018
Thank you for visiting my shop and I hope you like what you see.

Please make sure you read ALL the information about an item before you purchase it. Send me a Conversation prior to ordering and I will be happy to clarify any details and answer any questions.

All items will ship within 3-5 working days unless otherwise specified.

Please include all necessary information on your order to avoid delays.

All jewelry will come gift wrapped. If you are sending a gift, please include the shipping address and any brief information you want written on the gift tag.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Except for custom or personalized items, you may return your purchase within 30 days if you are not completely satisfied. The item must be in its original condition upon return. Please contact me prior to returning anything so we can work out either an exchange or refund. ANY REFUND WILL BE FOR THE PURCHASE AMOUNT MINUS ORIGINAL SHIPPING CHARGES. Refunds will be to original method of payment.

I'm sorry but I cannot be held responsible for lost (including charms) or damaged items due to normal wear and tear.

I pride myself on craftsmanship and attention to detail and I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase. If there is any defect in materials or workmanship, I will repair or replace the item free of charge for a period of 60 days from date of purchase. After this time period, if there is a problem with your jewelry, I will do my best to repair or replace it for reasonable material, labor and shipping costs. Please contact me BEFORE shipping any item back to me to be repaired or replaced so we can work out the best solution.
I accept PayPal and Etsy Direct Payment.

California residents will be charged sales tax.
All domestic orders will be sent out via USPS First Class Mail. Tracking information and delivery is provided.

I CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DELAYS OR DAMAGE AFTER YOUR ITEM HAS BEEN SHIPPED. If you've requested insurance on your purchase and your package arrived damaged, etc. a claim can be made after 30 days.
Additional policies and FAQs
Caring For your Jewelry:

Sterling silver, copper & bronze naturally oxidize over time when exposed to air and other corrosive chemicals, including but not limited to, lotions, perfumes, chlorinated or salted water. In addition, wearing your jewelry while bathing is not recommended as the water vapor and chemicals in the water will speed up tarnishing.

Each piece of jewelry should be stored separately in an airtight container such as a plastic bag. This will discourage the oxidation process (will not stop it) and help protect it from scratching, breaking or damage.

Should your jewelry require cleaning, you may use a liquid soap (such as Dawn dishwashing liquid) mixed with water. Rub gently and pat your jewelry dry with a soft cloth. Jewelry should be completely dry prior to storage. To maintain a highly polished surface on your metals, use an approved jewelers cloth (available at jewelry and department stores).

If your jewelry has a brushed matte finish, you may use a special abrasive cloth to remove oxidation or small scratches (a small abrasive pad is included with my jewelry designs that are ordered with a brushed matte surface). The abrasive pads are also available to purchase separately.

If your jewelry is wire wrapped or has intricate details and cleaning/polishing is difficult, it is advisable to seek professional cleaning (such as steam cleaning) at your local jewelry store if required.

Following these simple instructions will help keep your jewelry looking fresh and new.