Driving up to Frankston, I was not only excited at the thought of buying and owning some seaglass jewellery, I was also curious to meet the artist behind the pieces I loved gazing longingly at, on her Facebook page.
For me, everything about Georgina's environment was as I imagined. Being artistic myself, I felt right at home in that creative environment and was in awe of this talented lady who was making all this beautiful jewellery.
The face behind Seaglass Jewellery; a close-up of the piece Georgina was wearing; a page out of Vogue magazine promoting Seaglass Jewellery
Twenty two years ago, Georgina was travelling all over Europe and unconsciously or perhaps consciously absorbing a lot of information and ideas that were to surface later in the form of the creations she produces today.
As a young girl, she always wore a lot of jewellery and decided to turn her passion into her business. After only two years into her studies, she was wholesaling to galleries and shops. She also exhibited in solo and group exhibitions along Mornington Peninsula, where she has resided for the last sixteen years. Some of these solo exhibitions were held in the Sorrento Gallery and in the city, depicting themes like Monets Garden and Ocean Earth.
Back in the day when she was working out of her shed in Mornington, in a time she was not on social media, British Vogue emailed her, wanting to feature her bespoke jewellery in their magazine, which they did over a couple of issues. To this day, she wonders how they found out about her.
Seaglass would wash up onto the shores of Sorrento
She recollects her passion for seaglass grew as she saw these beautiful tumbled pieces washing up onto the shores of Sorrento beach. She mentioned that back then, a lot of coins would also wash up along with the seaglass, and she once collected as much as $30 in coins.
So passionate about seaglass was she, when a friend rang her from South Australia, telling her about lots of seaglass washing up on the South Australian shores as well, she flew over straight away to collect all that she could.
Fine china is also used in the pieces, along with seaglass, precious gemstones, pearls ~ set in silver or gold ~ all can be individualised and made to measure
Initially Georgina did not grind the recycled antique tumbled seaglass, but set it in its raw form. Later she started sanding the pieces and another stage emerged. Eleven years ago, the lovable figurative pieces, influenced by her children appeared on the scene, and they continue to evolve. They have now started sprouting hair and hand gestures.
For me, wearing these figure pendants and charms are far more attractive representing members of my family, than those stick figure stickers that were and perhaps still are, trending on the back of car windows.
Images from Seaglass Jewellery's Facebook page, showcasing endless possibilities to personalise the pieces
Georgina can individualise all the pieces for you and have it made to measure. She can even match eye colour for each piece. You can have the pieces made of gold or sterling silver or a combination of the two. You can have seaglass, antique china, gemstones, pearls; make them into bracelets, anklets, earrings etc. You can have it representing a celebration of love, family, the family pet, and so on. Anything special and close to the heart, Georgina can create and personalise each handmade desgin for you.
Check out her Facebook page for more beautiful pictures and information about her jewellery and contact details. Georgina supplies to galleries internationally and Australia wide and she is happy to post your order to you. I love her makers mark which is as decorative as the pieces of jewellery she creates.