Scottish Sea Glass Jewellery made with Sea Glass collected from the banks of Loch Ness
All our Ness-Sea Glass jewellery is handcrafted from either 14k Gold Filled or Solid Sterling Silver metals. Gold Filled jewellery tends to lasts much longer than most electroplated jewellery when looking for a wallet-friendly alternative to sold 14k gold.
What is Gold-Filled?
Gold filled" (or "rolled gold") comprises a solid layer of gold (14k) permanently bonded to a base metal, such as brass. The minimum layer of gold must equal at least 1/20th the weight of the total item. It is very hard wearing and under normal wear the gold will not peel or flake, unlike gold plate, and is commonly used as a more economical alternative to pure gold. All our Gold filled items are 14kt gold filled.
What is Gold Plate?
Gold plating is a miniscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the products total weight. It is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating generally wears off quickly and exposes the brass base product. It does not stand up to heat, water or wear over time. For this reason, we DO NOT use any gold plated materials.
The Difference Between Gold-Filled and Solid Gold
Solid gold is an alloy that is described with the karatage of pure gold. Pure gold is 24kt. However, it is much too soft to hold its shape or wear well. Therefore, it is mixed or alloyed with other metals to make it harder and easier to work with. Karatage refers to the alloy’s purity. For example, 8 karat gold is 8/24 pure gold or 33.3% pure. Gold-filled is not the same as solid gold. It is a layered alternative product. The gold-filled karatage only refers to the gold layers that compose 5% of the product on the surface.
Care and Cleaning
Gold-filled does not de-laminate or peel like plated or "dipped" products. Many owners find that they never have to clean gold-filled items at all. However, from time to time your jewellery may become dirty from everyday wear. To clean gold-filled it is best to use mild soap and water. Hot weather and water will not damage the material.
Beware of some companies selling plated jewelry as "gold-filled" - it is not the same thing! Generally speaking, gold filled is better quality and will have a much longer lasting color than plated jewellery.
The Sea glass we find on the banks of Loch Ness can be all different colours. Our most common finds tend to be clear or green but we do also find brown and blue. Depending on the action of Mother Nature, Sea Glass can range from very clear, to beautifully frosted and every piece is always wonderfully different.
As we make all of our jewellery with Sea Glass which has been submerged, tumbled and shaped by the great Loch Ness, we believe that each piece has the energy of a vast Loch encapsulated within it making them beautifully energised and very special indeed.
As Loch Ness and Mother Nature has done a spectacular job of turning discarded glass into beautiful pieces of Sea Glass, over what could be hundreds of years, We only use high quality Gold Filled items to ensure that each piece has the setting it deserves.
Please remember, that Sea Glass has been shaped and etched by nature, so is perfectly imperfect in every way.
Sarah & Quintin Smith
Creators and Designers
Along with our 3 little Nessie hunters, we search the banks of Loch Ness for beautiful pieces of sea glass, keeping one eye open for the Loch Ness Monster - Nessie herself.
We love the natural state that the Sea Glass is found, reminding us of the power and beauty of our amazing oceans, lochs and rivers.
Each piece was once discarded as rubbish and has now been shaped by the power of Mother Nature.
In recycling these into beautiful pieces of jewellery, We do not artificially change them or alter the shape in any way, except to give them a clean using good old fashioned soap and a toothbrush and drill a hole if needed.
Sea glass in its natural state can range from incredibly frosted looking to clear and this makes each piece very individual indeed.
Most pieces of sea glass We use have tumbled in the depths of Loch Ness for years, making them perfectly imperfect and who knows, perhaps touched by the famous Loch Ness Monster - Nessie herself.
We are incredibly lucky to live near Loch Ness but also have access to some amazing rocky beaches and alcoves and as such, occasionally we treasure hunt on other local Scottish beaches.
We only use Sea Glass that we have collected ourselves and in the items description, you will see when and where it was found.
Since we started our business in April 2019, We have been lucky enough to have won four Small Business Awards for our work, including the SBS Award chosen by Dragons Den’s Theo Paphitis and are incredibly proud to be Registered Members of the Guild of Jewellery Designers and Shop Scotland.
Any questions, please ask 🏴