... Where do we find our Scottish Seaglass? ...
~ The Mermaids' Jewelbox
Jewellery : handmade originals by Jane Ross of Fife.
Mermaids are noted for their beguiling ways, their beauty,
and their enchanting songs of the sea. They are NOT known for their
brainpower, and are in the main fairly light headed & absent-minded. They love bedecking themselves with
colour and glitter: rainbows of seaglass gleaned from the spoils of shipwrecks; the irridescence of nacreous
seashells; all things shiny from the bounteous briny. Unfortunately for them (and
luckily for us) their happy-go-lucky ways tend to make them lose their precious ornaments quite often, so
that the many shores they visit are bestrewn with their lost
...For the size of
the country, Scotland has a very long coastline: approximately 11,500
miles, of which a large amount is contributed by some-800 islands round its shores. (these figures are approximate,
varying between learned bodies and websites - by a fair bit, in some cases)
From the gentle shores of the Solway
Firth and the Mull of Galloway in the Southwest, to the sheer and rugged cliffs of the Pentland Firth on the
mainland North; from the Western Isles to the far-flung Shetlands, our coastline graces us with an abundance of diversity. From tiny, secret rocky
inlets to broad silver and golden beaches sand-miles long; from gentle dunes to towering rock-faces; the
shores of Scotland have for eons offered much for the mermaids to explore - and a myriad places for treasures to be dropped, for us to find as we follow their
trails. (We've put in a gallery of images of Bays, Beaches, inlets,
Ness's and Points from around Scotland, at the foot of the Scottish Shores page. Click -HERE- to see
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I have always like to find seaglass, but when I realised I
could do more than just look at it, I was delighted. My ideas
just appear with the piece of glass or shell, porcelain or china, that I pick up; thankfully, I don't seem to run
out of ideas! I like to think this is an instinctive inspiration, and that I am merely the artisan translating it
~ The Happiness Spell
...and these "translations" of the treasures
from the Scottish shores really make me happy, in the creation. So, when I'm working on a piece, I "weave the
happiness spell" in to the fabric of it so that the eventual wearer will feel that same delight.
All my creations are
unique; when one becomes yours, you can be sure it is the only one in the world like it. And if it
says "from some beach or shore", then that is where I found the component
have a wee look in the Jewelbox, and at the story of where they came from. There are some interesting bits of
information about these shores and shorelines; geographical, historical, current and, in some cases, of myth &
And perhaps you may find a wee gift for your
dear self, a loved one, or a good friend.
With all my good wishes...
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