Mermaid Tears Seaglass - Pair of tiny Pink multi seaglass pebls - E2207 - from Seaham beach, UK

Mermaid Tears Seaglass - Pair of tiny Pink multi seaglass pebls - E2207 - from Seaham beach, UK


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Vintage from the 19th century


sea glass

Mermaids Tear Sea Glass Pebls - An extraordinary and beautiful tiny pair of mermaids tears - nicely matched and ideal for making into earrings. Flawless and gorgeous in daylight.

Pink mermaids tears Multies - E2207


The Candlish glass and bottle works at Seaham, England was the source of most of the glass discovered on the beaches below the factory site. Discarded, broken or below standard glass, at the end of each day, was dumped over the cliffs, where it lay for years until being dredged out in 1899-1905 when the harbour was greatly extended, The glass waste ended up being dumped just North of the harbour where it began it's slow return to the shore, tossed around by ferocious Seaham waves, which resulted in it being tumbled, eroded and polished by the sea over many years.

In it's day, the six bottle and glass houses formed the largest glass production facility in Europe and exported across the world. Everything from decorative glass items to the humble beer bottle was made at these glasshouses, and the volume of production meant that the volume of waste was also high, leading to Seaham and the adjoining beaches becoming a rich source of sea glass, even today, almost a hundred years since the factory was forced to close due to shortages of raw materials.

More information on John Candlish can be found on his Wiki page, , and the glassworks can be seen in this amazing archive,

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Paula Newman

Paula Newman

Seaham, England

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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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.


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