Tourmaline Surf: Named for the incredible California beaches where Amanda grew up.
Tourmaline Surf is the pinnacle point where the white sands of Sunset Beach meet the rocky cliffs of La Jolla. Legendary surfers since the 1930's have traveled here. The tourmaline motto is "Surf well, Spread aloha, Share waves without judgment"
Back in the 1920's it was difficult to get deep dark rich colors consistently throughout the glass while they were being hand blown. You can see the color swirls only in these indigo beads. Making these midnight blue pieces even more special.
- Hand blown glass from the 1920's Bauhaus studio
- 2" long Marine Street deep indigo teardrop
- 1" long Salt Point sky blue oblong
- 2 sided making your neck look amazing both coming and going
- Each bead was painted with platinum then 24k gold. Almost 100 years has given the gold a satin sheen.
These beads are composed of hand blown German glass in the Bauhaus style during the 1920’s. The innovative design studio was breaking ground in the new “Modernism” industrial ideology making art more vivid.
Their bold ideas led the way to Impressionism, Pop Art & Minimalism. These gorgeous beads range from interlocking oviform in frosted neon to multi-faceted round intense sapphire painted with 24k gold.
During WWII the factory was bombed reducing it to rubble. Designers vanished. Molds broken. It was decades later when the family went to rebuild, the beads were found in the debris.
Since they cannot be reproduced, the beads are rare and highly prized.
My husband and I were traveling through Europe when fate intervened and we met the family over dinner. By dessert, I had purchased as much of the collection as possible.
All retro jewelry is designed by Amanda Uber using the rare beads along with the principles of Bauhaus, Pop Art and Minimalism as inspiration.