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One-of-a-kind jewelry made with sea glass, produced by [okinawa seaglass skso]

post : 2022.02.28 07:00

What is Sea Glass?

Do you know what sea glass is? You’ve probably seen them before. They’re beautiful pieces of glass that are often found among the sand at the beach. They start as bottles or other glass that get discarded and end up getting washed out to sea. Over months and years, they are weathered smooth by the elements and develop a beautiful, frosted appearance.

“Sea glass has a gentle, frosty appearance but they shine so beautifully in the waters and have a distinctive glow. It’s been over 20 years since I relocated to Okinawa, but when I saw sea glass for the first time at a beach, I thought, ‘What is this beautiful thing?!’ Since then, I began collecting them. At that time, sea glass wasn’t really well-known in Japan, but after doing some research, I learned that they were used like gemstones overseas…that’s when I thought, people might really enjoy them as pieces of jewelry.”

Simple Designs to Highlight Their Unique Beauty

Creating jewelry using sea glass, a craft made in nature is Nobuko Omine of Okinawa Seaglass SKSO. In the beginning, Omine-san pierced holes in the sea glass and used them like beads, but today, she does very little in the processing of the glass to highlight their unique beauty. She combines the glass with silver or pearls to create pendants, rings, earrings, brooches, and others.

The color, shape, size, thickness…each sea glass piece may appear similar, but none are the same. They are truly one-of-a-kind.

Jewelry with a Feel of Okinawa, Perfect as Gifts Too

Although these sea glass pieces were originally bottles and other glass discarded by people, the seas surrounding Okinawa have given them new life and beauty over months and years and have brought them back to us. With the skilled hands and tasteful designs of Omine-san, they are created into pieces that we can wear and cherish every day. Omine-san says, “In the future, I hope to make items that people can enjoy at home, like kinetic sculptures and other sculptures using sea glass.”

The beautiful, gentle, and cool-looking sea glass jewelry by Omine-san is available online or at Rénuir in Naha City.


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Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sachiko Tachi