Borrowing from history, suegray combines old with new in all of her jewelry… old broken bottles worn smooth by the surf, transformed into sea glass that she has collected from the shore and wrapped into colorful jewelry or by hand casting precious metal charms from her wonderful collection of antique wax seals, all crafted by her hands to create inspirational and meaningful little talismans.
Founded in 1990, after some formal fine metals training and informal trial and error, she began fashioning sea glass into jewelry. Inspired by the sea glass colors, textures, and shapes she uses traditional hand tools to wrap each unaltered and authentic piece of sea glass in sterling silver wire creating jewelry that is unique in its shape, size, and color.
The wax seal jewelry is hand cast from her large personal collection of unique antique wax seals, some dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries, others dating to the Georgian or Victorian eras.
Historically, a wax seal was used in correspondence ... the wax seal would securely bond a letter closed, serving as a stamp of authenticity and privacy, verifying to its recipient who the sender was and that the letter had not been tampered with.
The imagery on every wax seal is well researched to determine the meaning and symbolism in heraldry and history, to translate proverbs and mottos inscribed in other languages and to identify text that is sometimes so small that it is difficult to read.
Each wax seal necklace charm is a precious little treasure with its own unique symbolism and significance.
The jewelry on this website is not shown actual size and is not always proportional in size with other items on the same page.
If you’d like something longer, shorter, bigger or smaller please contact her with your preferences and she will do her best to accommodate you.
She might also be able to create jewelry with sea glass that you've collected.
Look through the styles offered here to select the style you'd like, choose and photograph your sea glass (it should be shaped similarly) and send a note to receive a price quote and directions to proceed.