You may have a piece of seaglass from your favourite place. Or indeed, you may have a place in Cornwall that reminds you of your other half to be! We can work together on a ring or rings that are personal to you, totally unique, sustainable and different. Why buy diamonds from unknown sources, often at high human and environmental cost. Not only is seaglass very gorgeous, totally unique and special to you're buying it from a sustainable, small business, where everything is made by hand, in Cornwall and precisely to your requirements. All this and more than likely cheaper than a mass produced, impersonal, unsustainably sourced piece of jewellery. Yes, a diamond looks beautiful but so does seaglass!! That romantic night you had at St Mawes, as you wandered the winding , achingly pretty paths until stumbling on what is possibly one of the best views in Britain. Or maybe you went camping together at Pentewan. The kids frolicking in the dappled water, you falling out of those daft blow up chairs as you laughed at each others jokes. Happy memories, wrapped up as a ring on your finger .............. A little bit of Cornwall to celebrate love
Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall is a historic port of grreat standing in Conrwall with the river running from Fowey all the way to the trading town of Lostwithiel and beyond. It is a natural harbour and its size encouraged a strong trade in china clay , tin etc Not to mention a good deal of smuggling, lots of battles over the centuries and more currently a fishing port. Today Fowey is a playground for all things nautical and many historic vessels can be seen wandering in and out amongst the many leisure vessels. All this activity over many centuries makes Fowey a perfect place to find seaglass of allsorts. I have found sea glass here of colours not even recorded on the many sites that can be googled! However, I am not saying where!!! If you are visiting on holiday, readymoney cove is a lovely place to park a, explore and then walk through to Fowey. The beach at readymoney is well known for its seaglass as well as its super famous resident Mrs Dawn French who has made this stunning part of Cornwall her home for many years.
The Enchanted Answer: Mermaids for many many years lived around the coastline of Cornwall, where they watched over the many fisherman sailing in and out of the myriad ports around this sea faring county. However, one mermaid fell in love with a fisherman, a cardinal sin, swimming close to his boat and helping him when he was in trouble. The king of the mermaids heard about this betrayal deep in his salty lair and was very angry. He swirled the sea , blew the winds and did his best to dash the fisherman's boat on rocks near the shore. At the last minute, as the bewildered boat dweller finally accepted his watery fate, the mermaid grabbed the boat and pushed it away from the rocks. As punishment the mermaids were banished from the shore and as they all left their rocks around the coast, their tears fell in to the water and settled on the sea bed as sea glass. The more considered answer: Sea glass is waste glass both lost at sea and dumped at sea. Cornwall's rich , sea faring history has left the area as a mecca for sea glass hunters from all over the world. Pentewan is well known for this glass but also for its sea ceramic. Small pieces of ceramic that are awash on the shore at low tide. These primarily came from the china clay industry. Back when Pentewan was a bustling harbour for ships loading with precious Cornish china clay, the ships would come loaded with ballast that would be cast over board before entering harbour. This ballast was invariably old clay pots and crockery! Some of the rarest sea glass found around the Cornish coastline is pink. A delicate lavender colour, this glassoriginated in the first world war when the glass industry could no longer import chemicals from Germany to turn glass into its clear form. We used different chemicals that had the same effect. However, once cast into the sea a hundred years of sunlight exposure caused these new chemicals to break down inside the glass, turning it pink! For more info on historic seaglass look up the oft mentioned Pirate glass on an internet search engine!![
A colourful and vibrant fishing village. The success of the fishing trade in Mevagissey is to be seen all around the village. It is an easy job buying locally caught fish, shellfish etc as there is a kiosk on the harbour! Today Mevagissey is very much a tourist destination and with that the ice cream shops, gift shops and cafes abound. All supplying guests with excellent fare. Mevagissey has been a settlement since the Bronze age and you can still spot the burial mounds on the cliff tops. Springing forward a few hundred years and by the 1700s fishing had stopped being the main breadwinner amongst the locals. A new trade, dangerous indeed but highly remunerated, was smuggling. In fact one could say much of the village was built on the proceeds of illicit trading!! Even today one can see evidence of the many alleyways, secret pathways, trapdoors and the like. All there to make the smugglers life a little easier in evading the law. The arrival of Methodicism put a stop to much of it by 1750 and a new , bigger and better harbour was commissioned in 1775. This was further enhanced in the 1800s. 1866 saw a cholera outbreak with many locals moving away or dieing as a consequence. In the 19th centuary a revival of the fishing industry resulted in the rapid overfishing of pilchards and streets that reeked with the offal of fish! During the first world war German boats torpedoed local merchants and fishermen and ofcourse , many fishermen were lost after signing up to fight This long history makes for prime sea glass hunting. However the harbour area is very hit or miss and bar a few pieces of yellow sea glass, ive found few rarities. Not even any pirate glass :-) On the plus side, it is a wonderful place to while away an hour or two, especially dawn on a winters day .
A friendlyt workshop of just six students where you will learn tips and tricks to enable you to drill holes in seaglass more successfully ! Everybody will leave with at least one piece of seaglass pendant ready and in a box