Santa Cruz, CA - Monterey Bay Seaglass

by Nancy Allen
(Santa Cruz, CA)

Monterey Bay Seaglass California

Monterey Bay Seaglass

Nancy Allen,

I (Nancy Allen) specialize in creating handcrafted sterling silver sea glass jewelry from unique pieces of sea glass I personally collect, primarily in the Monterey Bay sanctuary.  

My goal is to blend the best of nature, art, and creativity into something special for others to enjoy.

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My sea glass jewelry is distributed through leading galleries and ocean-inspired retail shops in the Monterey, San Francisco, and Mendocino areas and through my web site:  You can also reach me at ncallen (at)


Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, I always loved surfing and strolling the beaches. 

This led to a lifetime hobby of collecting sea glass. 

Monterey Bay Seaglass California

After retiring from the corporate world, I turned my passion for collecting these little treasures into making unique and handcrafted jewelry. 

Only 1-2 pieces of every 100 collected make it into a piece of jewelry.

I give back to our local community in several ways.  

To help protect our shorelines and sea life, I contribute to the National Surfrider Foundation, the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

In addition, as a long time animal lover, I also donate 25% of my net proceeds to three well respected local animal rescue groups in Northern California including the Tri Valley Animal Rescue group, the Lucky Dog Rescue group, and the SPCA in Monterey County in addition to spending time doing volunteer work as well.   

I can often be seen collecting sea glass with my rescue dog, Ozzie.

About the Sea Glass

Sea glass 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. 

Monterey Bay Seaglass California

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.   

Some of these beaches were just recently opened up to the public and most of the the glass I find is very old as it has been tumbling in the area since the early and mid 1900s.  

 In addition, I collect glass from other remote sites in Mendocino County and also in Hawaii.  For every 100 pieces I collect, only 1-2 make it into a piece of jewelry. 


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Contact Info

  • You can also reach me at ncallen (at)

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Jul 10, 2012
Sea glass jewelry
by: Cathy Smith

I have collected for years and make pictures etc with my glass!

I love my sea glass.

I have been wanting to make wind chimes but can't seem to find the right type drill and bit to drill into my pieces.

Can you offer any suggestions?


Your work is beautiful!


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