Cape Gazette

Sea Glass Trunk Show Hosted by Treasures in Lewes

Treasures In Lewes
116 2nd Street, Lewes, DE 19958
Micha Seto
Aug 17, 2013
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Treasures to host Yank & Limey Seaglass Trunk Show

Michiko Seto (owner)

Treasures is pleased to announce a special weekend event Saturday, August 17th , from 1-4pm, at 116 2nd St. Lewes, DE in historic downtown.  Treasures will host Yank & Limey Seaglass, as seen here at the Mid-Atlantic Seaglass Festival in Lewes.

Yank and Limey Seaglass is 100% genuine, meaning that it was found in the exact condition, shape and form that you see it. It was found on the beach and was only shaped by the waves themselves. Most of their seaglass was found on the Northeast coast of England. These icy shores are home to many rare colors because of the former location of the Candlish Glass Factory. Tumbled and washed, tossed and broken by the waves, what was once a bottle or a plate, a taillight or a water pitcher, is now our beloved sea glass, the wonderful gems we find amongst the shells and sand.

Between the 1870s and 1930s, laws were passed in the UK, that required bottles containing poison be brightly colored, and made of colors that people could quickly distinguish as poison. At the time, many people being illiterate, it was essential that the color and shape of the bottle clearly indicated that it contained a dangerous substance.  Often there was a pattern or embossed lettering on the bottles as indication also. Bottles in colors such as cobalt blue, honey amber, black and bright emerald green were produced, and ensured that they stood out from others on the shelf.  These unique shades of color also became recognizable as containing substances for the public to be wary of. More decorative colors, shades of aqua, orange, yellow, red and more were used for ink bottles, as it was realized that these too were in fact poisons if consumed. At the end of the day multis, exclusive to England, were formed.

The Candlish glass and bottle works in Seaham, England was the source of most of the glass discovered on the beaches below the factory site. Discarded, broken or below standard glass, at the end of each day, was thrown from the cliffs and then tumbled, eroded and polished by the sea over many years.  When in operation, the bottle and glass houses formed the largest glass production facility in Europe and the USA exported glass products across the world. Everything from decorative glass items to the humble beer bottle was made at these glasshouses, and the volume of production meant that the volume of waste was also high, leading to Seaham,  and the adjoining beaches, nearly 100 years after the closing of the factory, becoming a rich source of sea glass

“We have had such an interest in sea glass jewelry, I wanted to be able to offer a wide variety to our customers at one time.” says owner Michiko Seto.

Ashley, drills the sea glass by hand and uses them as her "beads". She does not alter the Sea glass in anyway, not by polishing, shaping or anything. the only thing she does is drill a hole in it. The waves of the beach take each object, whether it started out as a beer bottle or the taillight of an old car, and transform it by breaking it and tumbling it in the salty water for many years. by the time it ends up on the shore, the once Noxema jar, is now a perfectly polished little gem. In her designs, she likes to be very simple, using only select sterling silver accents, as to not take away from the actual seaglass itself.  SHE ALSO LIKES TO FOCUS MAINLY ON THE RARE VIVID UK COLORS. Her favorite thing is to sit and wonder what each piece used to be, where it came from, and who once owned it.

Treasures is located at 116 2nd St., Lewes, DE..  Treasures is open daily at 10am and extend evening hours in the summer season Monday through Saturday until 9pm and Sunday 6pm.. To learn more call 302-644-1660

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