Marla Kunselman

Marla Kunselmman Profile PhotoMarla Kunselman has been creating one-of-a-kind jewelry out of someone else’s trash for over 10 years.   She scours the beaches - picking up baubles and treasures that have washed ashore… and kayaks to spots others can’t get to around the New England coast for her bounty.  Marla "cleans" beaches as she beach combs - picking up debris that has polluted water ways and shorelines - trash man has left behind.  She is the "trash remover" of the shore and it's her way of giving back to the earth.

Recycling or “up-cycling” fragments of glass and pottery, that has been drifting along the oceans floor for many years, into eclectic adornments for the body is her passion.  She also uses recycled sterling silver when possible and incorporates many natural elements into her pieces
as well.

All designs are handmade, original works of art and true heirloom pieces representing a sliver of history that can be passed on to many generations. All pottery and glass has been naturally tumbled by the surf and sand – straight from the beach to you!

 

"There is so much beauty that can come out of things we discard on a daily basis... all it takes is a bit of imagination. I have always loved creating a new purpose for items that others may consider trash. About 15 years ago I started collecting tiny polished gems, "sea glass", while walking the beach. My love for the ocean combined with the environmentalist in me turned these gems into heirloom quality jewelry - or as I like to say "trash into treasures". These objects... once beautiful and useful... were forgotten or discarded... only to travel a lifetime to find beauty and purpose once again. When I am out collecting I also comb the beach of trash and debris that has been washed ashore or left behind in an effort to keep our coastline "litter free"... it is the least I can do for our earth."

 

Posted by Marla Kunselman on July 20, 2010

Marla Kunselman Sea Glass Jewelry & Accessories

Seaside Palms Necklace: Olive dyed Jade and celery colored freshwater pearls indulges the rich olive green sea glass.  Along with Bali sterling silver spacers there are seven pieces of olive green sea glass that flank each side of the center sea glass stone which measures 1.5 inches in length by .75 inches in width.  The handmade clasp is a hook style created with a deep olive sea glass nugget and sterling silver… Rich and Classic.
Summer Rain Necklace: Beautifully frosted flawless gray sea glass that has been wire wrapped in sterling silver and Swavorski crystals. It is nestled between pale gray freshwater pearls accompanied with daisy spacers and clear Swavorski crystals. There is Bali silver clasp at the end. The opposite end has a freshwater pearl dangler.  The sea glass is aprox a bit over 1.5 inches in length, 1 inch in width and about 1/4 of an inch in depth... just a remarkable stone.
Island Girl Necklace: This is one has some flare yet still elegant enough for evening wear.  There is one perfect center white sea glass stone that measures 2.75 inches in length and 1.25 inches at the widest point.  Just frosty and flawless it is about 1/2 and inch thick as well.  Clear quartz crystal stick beads flank the stone followed by lavender freshwater pearls and four pieces of lavender sea glass on each side with a repeated pattern graduating to clear Swavorski crystal beads.  There is an extender chain with a Swavorski drop on one end followed by a lobster claw clasp on the other. Fresh and inviting on any neck.
 

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