|Sea glass among the pebbles on our beach.|
Sea glass, often called mermaid tears, is glass found on beaches of oceans or large lakes that has been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted shards of glass. Combing shorelines for sea glass is a hobby for many beach-goers either who collect or craft it into jewelry.
The beaches of Nova Scotia are among the best places in the world to collect sea glass, and in particular, the beaches at Inverness where we were last week. We didn’t have time to go searching for sea glass, but near our cabin at Beach Village we noticed an avid collector’s license plate, C GLASS.
|A sea glass collector's license plate.|
|A few of Brenda Reichel's rare pieces of sea glass.|
For my ten-year-old granddaughter, Grace, I chose a beautiful little pendant fashioned from a single green “mermaid teardrop” and embellished with a tiny Swarovski* crystal. Brenda called this one "Sea Jewel for a Princess" and I thought the name and the necklace very fitting. I hope Grace is going to like this tiny jewel from the sea.
|"Sea Jewel for a Princess" designed and crafted by Brenda Reichel.|
*The Swarovski Company of Austria has made the finest, precisely-cut crystals for over 100 years. (www.swarovski.com).