For the second year in a row, the first weekend in November was marked “Santa Cruz sea glass festival!” If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I’m pretty addicted to the beach and collecting sea glass. The show did not disappoint, and I was quite excited to meet Krista Hammond, the owner of Santa Cruz Sea Glass and the producer of the festival.
Krista and her husband, Tony Berkowitz, have combined two of my passions, sea glass and jewelry. They founded their company in 2006. Living in Santa Cruz, and both being surfers, they spend lots of time on the beach, so I imagine it was just a matter of time before they created this wonderful business. They find each and every piece of sea glass themselves, and then hand make each item in their home studio.
Krista and her husband work as a team with each piece. Krista works more on the design end, and Tony is the silversmith. They were fortunate to be mentored by Robert Wunce, a very talented jeweler. It seems like they have a perfect harmony going — Tony always says, “I’m the dirt and you’re the flowers.” Symbiosis, right?
Here’s a photo that shows some of their glass collection. I tried not to drool on the glass case…
Here are some of their finds made into stunning rings.
I guess this one is. 😉
And finally, here’s a lovely photo of some of their bracelet designs.
Not only do they create beautiful jewelry, but they also give part of their profits back to the sea by way of their partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. In addition, they are a green company and use recycled US silver in their designs. What’s not to love?
With holiday shopping season now upon us, you just might want to check out their jewelry — either for a gift for a loved one or for some self-gifting! 😉
4 thoughts on “Santa Cruz Sea Glass”
I love sea glassing as well and I know how rare these glass finds are that she makes into jewelry – truly amazing!
Thank you Amy for the great blog post! I will be having a Holiday Sale at my last show of 2012 at the Madrigalli Market on Fri Nov 30 & Sat Dec 1st – at the former Pedro Point Fire House at 1227 Danmann Way in Pacifica.
Also will have lots of goodies for sale on my website too!
Thank you & Happy Holidays!!
so nice to meet you at the secret sea glass beach today!
Your article is excellent and Krista is an amazing artist.
Happy New Year!
Great meeting you as well, Nancy! Krista is definitely an amazing artist! 🙂