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About Nancy Allen Growing up in Santa Cruz, I always loved surfing and exploring the beaches of Northern California. This led to a lifetime hobby of collecting sea glass. After retiring from the corporate world, I turned my passion for collecting these treasures into making unique and handcrafted jewelry, displayed primarily with sterling silver. I hand collect all of my seaglass, primarily from the Monterey Bay sanctuary. My goal is to blend the best of nature, art, and creativity into something special to share with others. I donate one-third of my profits to local organizations focused on animal rescue and marine conservation: - Animal Rescue: The Tri Valley Animal Rescue and Lucky Dog Rescue organizations, two animal rescue groups in the San Francisco Bay Area that find homes for over 1,000 animals each year. - Marine Conservation: Santa Cruz County Conservation District, the Surfrider Association, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. I was recently recognized as a major business sponsor of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, a local non-profit supporting marine research and education. I am the only sea glass artist who is a major sponsor of this fine organization. You can find my jewelry in top galleries and unique retail stores in Northern California- Ventana Inn Gallery, Big Sur - Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay - Seascapes Gallery, Half Moon Bay - Many Hands Gallery, Capitola - Studio 7 Art Gallery, Pleasanton.
Seaglass is naturally tumbled by the waves over many decades. Some of these jewels magically appear as shimmers on the sand at very low tide on a sunny day. However, the most elusive jewels often required battling undertows to find the most elusive gems and wetsuits are definitely required. There are several remote beaches in Monterey Bay where I find some of my most unusual pieces. For every 100 pieces I collect, only 1-2 pieces make it into a piece of jewelry. I hope you enjoy wearing my jewelry as much as I enjoy finding these little jewels and creating this jewelry for you. Nancy Allen www.montereybayseaglass.com