On February 16th, 2019 artist and designer Christine Gable Epstein debuts her newest line of sterling silver and sea glass jewelry in the juried Handmade Jewelry section of American Handcrafted™ Philadelphia. American Handcrafted™ is a juried marketplace showcasing artists from the contemporary, design-driven maker movement at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Pennsylvania.
Trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Christine’s casually elegant designs combine sterling silver with sea glass—recycled glass “gemstones” naturally formed from discarded glass objects that have been tumbled and shaped by the ebb and flow of the sea.
While exploring the beaches of Puerto Rico in 2006, Christine discovered sea glass—pieces of yesteryear’s bottles, tableware and other glass objects worn smooth by the natural action of the ocean. “I hadn't ever seen sea glass before, and thought it had the most alluring combination of texture, shape and color." Hunting for sea glass became an obsession, propelling Christine and her family to overturn their lives and move to the pastoral coast of western Puerto Rico. Fueled by a passion for the sea and its protection, Oceano Sea Glass Jewelry was born. This eco-friendly jewelry is retailed at select hotels, museums and boutiques throughout the United States, Canada and Caribbean islands.
Oceano Sea Glass Jewelry is a line of artistically designed and meticulously handcrafted sterling silver and genuine, unaltered sea glass jewelry by Christine Gable Epstein. A portion of every sale is donated to environmental awareness and animal rescue. The Oceano studio is located in Rincon, Puerto Rico and the company has offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More information can be found at www.oceanoseaglass.com