SEA CANDY JEWELRY
Aliso Beach is a wonderful place. It really is. From its picturesque sunsets, palm trees blowing in the wind and warm, soft sand to its thundering shore break, dazzling blue ocean water and sea faring birds gliding through the air, it is a place I count on to unwind. This is where I slow myself down from the hustle and bustle of this busy and maddening lifestyle we have created for ourselves. I can’t imagine not being able to decompress and Aliso Beach I have found is very helpful. Having read about Aliso I would swear there is a spiritual quality to this special Laguna Beach that soothes the soul, calms the mind and rejuvenates the body. If asked my opinion I would say that this feeling I get there is tied ancestrally to local Indian groups that once called the Aliso Beach area of Laguna home. There is a quality of being connected to other people at Aliso that I have always found so intriguing and again, this feeling has me crediting Native Americans who once called this area home. I can’t explain but I know its there. In addition to all its natural wonders, Aliso Beach is a local stomping ground for skim boarders, body boarders, body surfers and surfers when conditions are right. With the only parking lot in Laguna Beach accompanied by level ground and easy access, Aliso Beach serves a wide array of people from water sport enthusiasts to families that simply love the beach.
Because I have spent a fair amount of time at Aliso Beach and needing to take pictures in support of the website, I often strike up conversations with people I don’t know. It’s fun and what I find that it does is reinforce the belief I have that Aliso Beach is a wonderful place. On one of my latest visits to the beach, I struck up a conversation with a salty character who was interested in a particular area of the beach rummaging through the sand and debris pushed up the sand bar by the crashing waves. He was searching for sea glass and was candid about what he looked for and the places in Laguna that he visited to find it. Previously, I had been snapping some IPhone 6 Plus Photos of skim boarders who were carving up the shore break waves sending water skyward against the back drop of the setting sun. The back lit spray taking on the characteristics of the glowing orange background was phenomenal. There were 3 of them and they had this little crease along the beach near Aliso Creek that was allowing them to go to town on the glassy little waves beating the shore. While talking to the salty fellow searching for sea glass, one of the skim boarders was walking up the beach with a young lady and also searching for sea glass.
They were friendly and of course I struck up a conversation with them and found out that the two had a business making handmade jewelry highlighting sea glass they found along Laguna Beaches. What a cool idea! The couple are Olivia and Sean. Olivia is a Laguna Niguel resident and is quite crafty. In addition to her flare for beach inspired jewelry using sea glass, she is majoring in film production and is an avid photographer. Sean Malek is a pro skim boarder and works for Victoria Skim Boards. I am sure I don’t have to tell the company what they have in Sean. The dude can put on a show on a skim board but perhaps more importantly, he is a genuinely friendly, intelligent and entrepreneurial guy driven and inspired. Olivia and he started the business last year and have a growing fan base for the work they do with the sea glass making it into beach style jewelry.
Currently they are working behind the scenes on the website. In the meantime you can visit them at Sea Candy Jewelry. Every piece made using sea glass comes from Laguna Beach. Each one is unique to the piece of glass found on the beach because they do not use a rock tumbler. The result is that you don’t have a piece of jewelry that is exactly the same as another making those that buy them feel like they got something special, one of a kind and something no one else has. Last year they donated a portion of the profits to World Vision which helps people that don’t have access to get clean drinking water. Pieces include necklaces, bracelets, anklets and rings. There are even pieces using an elusive blue sea glass which I have read is a rare find. The mission of Sea Candy Jewelry is to remove from the water an item considered trash and make it into something beautiful and ocean inspired that everyone can wear. As the gallery of pictures below will show, they have succeeded in that.
It is a good thing when our young are actively seeking ways to better our world and while this is just many of the ways young people can help the world, Sea Candy Jewelry is something worthy of our high praises, admiration, attention and support. As the founder of this website, I will periodically be checking in on them to see what is new and continue to encourage them to grow a business that was built on helping our environment, donating to charity and bringing to market a product everyone will love. In an email sent to me by Sean, he and Olivia are discussing donating some of the proceeds from sales to charities benefiting the clean up of Aliso Creek. That has my attention as I have always shaken my head at how we can’t seem to get that right whatever the reason is. I could see AlisoBeach.com partnering with them and sending proceeds from art and photography sales through this website. Whatever the future holds, these are two bright young people that are making a difference and enjoying it. It just so happens that Aliso Beach contributes to the amazing work they are doing and what they do is another great example of the talent and creativity you find among people at this beach. If you have not seen Sea Candy Jewelry by all means get on over to that site , check the jewelry out and buy a piece knowing that they are making incredible jewelry pieces, donating to charity and getting trash off our beaches. That is a win-win-win-win!
Let’s recap the win-win-win-win as it relates to buying Sea Candy Jewelry
1) Trash in the form of sea glass is removed from the beach.
2) A portion of the proceeds will go to a charity
3) Supporting this business will encourage Olivia and Sean as well as other young people to build businesses around protecting the environment and donating some of the profits to charity.
4) You get a bad ass, ocean inspired piece of jewelry hand crafted with love from two great people in Olivia and Sean.
ANY QUESTIONS? GET OVER TO THE WEBSITE AND BUY SOMETHING. Plenty of unique gift items on that website!