Unique Seaglass jewellery made in Cornwall by a jewellery artisan
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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!![