I carved the original model for this sea bean in wax & cast it in sterling silver. I’m sending the piece off to have a master mold made & taking orders to help me estimate how many to have cast in the initial batch!
Sea beans or “sea hearts” (also known as drift seeds) are seeds and fruits that are carried to the ocean, often by freshwater streams and rivers, then drift with the ocean currents and (hopefully!) wash ashore. These sea-beans come from trees and vines that grow along tropical shores and rain forests all over the world. The beans fall from the parent plant, into streams and rivers, to drift with the ocean's currents until being washed onto a shore thousands of miles from where they once grew. Floating in the sea by the thousands, only the hardiest endure long voyages on ocean currents which may finally bring them to rest on foreign shores.
Sea–beans are known as symbols of good luck and longevity. In old England, sea hearts were good luck charms for seafarers because they had weathered a long ocean journey.
Sea bean is roughly 1/2” in length & comes on an 18” sterling silver chain.