Ocean inspired jewellery

Thursday, 9 December 2010

GOWER mussel snowflake christmas decoration by Pa-pa jewellery

The newest Coastal art design from Pa-pa can be seen at the outdoor Christmas market ,Oxford street ,Swansea up until the 19th December.
This design is made from empty blue mussel shells gathered from Oxwich Bay, Gower in November. It hangs approximately 1 meter in width.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Worms Head,Gower

I had a magical experience with a walk out to Worms Head Rhosili, Gower last monday. The sun shone all day with a refreshing northerly wind to remind us of autumn. The Worm's Head being the most westerly point of the Gower from where we could see St.Annes head clearly across the huge expanse of blue sea. We had hoped to see grey seals and were not disappointed to come across many of larger bull seals lazing on the seaweed covered rocks and their newborn pups playing close by under the cliffs at low tide.


Thursday, 14 October 2010

Mumbles and Gower

The Bay necklace is my most recent design in silver. The currents off Mumbles Head are represented by the twisted forms of silver wire accross which the sailing boat moves from side to side.

Commission from £495
A Collection of Gower, Swansea and Mumbles inspired Pa-pa jewellery Designs can be seen at The Oyster Gallery, Top of Newton Rd, Mumbles.

Swansea and Mumbles boasts the birthplace of Dylan Thomas and Catherine Zeta Jones.

The small village of Mumbles hosts a busy shopping area at Newton Rd, where you will find coastal living gift shops offering quality goods and designer fashion.

The design below is inspired by the many sailing boats in and around Mmumbles and Gower. Swansea bay holds many sailing competitions and has Mumbles yacht club at the shoreline of the village of Mumbles.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Pa-pa jewellery awarded prize for International business

Pa-pa jewellery designs awarded International Business woman of the year 2010, at the Swansea Bay Business Awards.
South West Wales Media managing director Blanche Sainsbury opened the ceremony and said: "I believe that the greater the role women have to play in our community, the better chance we will have in overcoming the challenges we face.

"It is important after years of fighting for female gender equality that we celebrate female talent.

"It is vital to use the recognition today to help other women who want to achieve more.

The Women in Business Awards 2010 were judged by Confederation of British Industry (CBI) assistant regional director Ian Price, Burgess World Travel founder Jill Burgess and Swansea Bay Business Life editor Wyn Jenkins.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

The Bay necklace by Pa-pa jewellery

The newest design from Pa-pa is The Bay necklace. A unique piece in silver inspired by the stunning coastline of Swansea bay. A sailing boat is central to the design which can move from side to side along silver formed wire, representing the strong currents off Mumbles lighthouse. Two silver seagulls complete the bay theme as they swing in motion above.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Gower mussels have been the inspiration my unique collection of silver necklaces and earrings. I have always been facinated by the beauty of the shells interior, which hosts a beautiful palette of pearlised blues and purples as well as the exterior of the shell where fine lines define the growth of the shell.
Mussel shell necklace with pink quartz, blue sodalite and real blue mussel shell. The blue mussel shell has been set in a thick silver case which rotates to reveal a stunning silver exterior hosting two silver barnacles. For more details please visit http://www.pa-pa.co.uk/oxich.cfm
A pod of common dolphins was spotted 100 yards off shore at LLangennith beach on saturday 27th June. To see fifteen or more so close to the shore is uncommon. Most of Gower dolphin sightings are off the Worm's Head at Rhosili where the currents meet and the depth falls to around 70 feet in some parts.

Silver dolphin necklace inspired bythe pod of dolphins seen on Gower. These playful mammals come into the bays of south Wales to rear their young during the summer months.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

When the bitterly cold easterly winds and icy conditions visit us here in Britain at the beginning of the year, it is hard to imagine where the shallow water marine creatures are. I know however that it is at this time of year, from November to June that the sharks of the British waters are breeding.The most familiar to me being the common spotted dogfish. These cat sharks or dogfish are usually found sleeping during the day in the gullies and rocky outcrops of our shallow waters. Every spring when snorkeling I am lucky enough to come across one or two of these beautiful animals.They lie peacefully on the sand with their brown marbled eyes closed. Their skin has a surface pattern that any designer would be proud of; it is not unlike leopardskin sandpaper.

These elegant swimmers usually produce up to ten egg cases every month.The smaller egg cases of the dig fish have curly tendrils which attach themselves to long seaweed strands and rocks.On numerous occasions we have seen the baby fish which appear after only one month inside the case washed upon the sands.These baby fish spend another seven months fattening themselves on the yolk before swimming free into the open ocean after nine months.

Sadly and frustratingly the dogfish themselves are often found along the high tide mark, bearing the scars of fisherman's butchery. These fish are not fished commercially, only for fish meal and oils, though sold as rock salmon in some markets. Their sandpaper skin and small sharks teeth make loosening the grip of a fish hook a little more challenge and it is easier to kill the fish to remove a hook. I am aware that in the pursuit of the treasured sea bass around our shores, the constant tug on a fishing line of yet another or the same dogfish is seen as a keen fishermans nightmare.

I was taught to fish as a child.Now a little more informed and with a lot more respect for the richness and diversity of our local marine life, I am keen to educate my family as to the fragile and wonderful treasures of our shores and to educate them on sustainable food sources that our ocean can provide.
Mermaid's purse necklace £125 to order phone 07791 478563

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Broken glass replaces sand on Gower beauty spot.

Join us in the fight against the plastic bag and broken glass.

Friends of mine own the campsite at Hillend, LLangennith,Gower. A weekly litter pick by the owners of the campsite harvests a massive quantity of broken glass, plastic bottles and disposable barbecues from the sand dunes.

The surge in popularity of the Gower Penninsula for water sports, fishing and beach activities has not only increased visitor numbers to our coastline but has brought with it a growing trend of day and nighttime beach fires and after dark parties. We need to highlight the aftermath of the beach party and the worrying amount of broken glass and bottles left behind that is replacing our golden sand. I question why there is no enforceable law against such littering, when you can be fined for dropping a cigarette in the town centre by a council ranger.

I admit a beach fire is a magical experience. As a child a day at the beach was not complete without cooking foil wrapped potatoes on the burning embers of a driftwood fire. The sound of the crickets, the pounding waves and hiss of a beach fire at the waters edge are treasured memories. We need to ensure that fires are put out properly and that we dispose of our rubbish responsibly.