These studs are made with gorgeous green sea glass sourced from the beaches of Kinghorn, Fife on the east coast of Scotland. There’s quite a history of glass making in this area, from the bottle works that used to run down in Pettycur Bay to the glass works at Wymess Caves a bit further north. The green sea glass used to make these studs most probably originates from the Bottle Works that operated at Pettycur Bay, a beach down the road from my house in Kinghorn. Because it was located directly by the beach it probably used seashore sand to create the glass.
Any waste glass used to be dumped into the sea and it’s been swished about for years and years by the incoming and outgoing tides and polished and smoothed in the process. The Bottle Works closed down in 1982 and there isn’t any evidence of it’s existence now, apart from all the pieces of green sea glass found on the beach.
These studs were made for a recent open studio event, but I didn’t get the handcrafted claw settings back from the Assay Office in time to put them on sale. This is their first ever outing online and I thought they’d be perfect accompaniment to the rings I posted the other day. The sea glass in each stud is a deep emerald green and held in place by 4 prongs of silver that have been balled at the end and form a claw around the pieces of glass. These claw settings are attached to standard sterling silver earring posts.
Beautiful and original, they make a stunning addition to any jewellery collection.
There is only one pair available.