SURFITE jewelry features the ultimate in recycled materials. These faux gemstones are 'ethically mined' from the colorful hardened layers of excess resin that pools on the floor under a surfboard during creation. Headed for the landfill we intercept these discarded chunks, sort, chop, grind, sand, drill, and polish them into shiny jewels, the ideal reclaimed product for our affordable eco friendly jewelry. (For more details read below: "What is Surfite?")
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FEATURES & MEASUREMENTS: Bicolored 8mm Swarovski crystals, 9mm starburst patterned sterling silver spacer beads, 13x22mm surfite, 8x9mm faceted pink tournamlines set in sterling silver. Dangles 2" long (50mm).
Vibrantly colorful and delightfully lightweight.
Make a splash. Wear HappyGoLicky Surfite. It's adventure, solidified.
>>> This listing is for ONE pair of "Tankini" Surfite Earrings. Other jewelry on the model is shown for stacking inspiration and can be purchased here separately. See links below.
What is SURFITE? "Surfite" or "Surf Stone" is a byproduct of the creation of surfboards. During the 'glassing' process a thick layer of fiberglass cloth is laid over a foam board blank. A heavy coat of epoxy resin is poured to saturate the top and what doesn't soak into the cloth spills over the edges and dries into layers on the floor. These hardened layers of resin eventually accumulate and need to be chipped up and removed to make space to work. These chunks, sadly, are most often thrown away as 'waste.'
We found that we could recycle these jagged colorful fragments and create meaningful expressive jewelry. So, we have chosen to support these surfboard makers and buy their refuse that was destined for the dump which also helps protect the environment. Double whammy! The resin is sliced with lapidary tools, grinded and shaped into cabochons or beads, and polished to a high gloss. But, this is extremely tedious work since studio debris also falls into the mix, like tape, dirt, sawdust, and even stir sticks, so much time is spent inspecting and sorting the raw material.
The resulting "surfite" faux gemstones are super shiny little candies that can be colored vividly like tropical fruit or offer an array more gently hued like an Earthtone landscape. Some layers will be thicker, while others that formed as giant icicles down the side of the glassing table will be stretched thinner. The striations are random, always exciting, and never the same. Each surfite gem is special and unique, making our jewelry pieces truly captivating one of a kinds!
Caring for your surfite jewelry: Just like a surfboard surfite is extremely durable but not indestructible and may show signs of wear and tear in time so consider dings you gain along the way proof of your adventurous spirit. Enjoy the journey, scratches can easily be buffed back to a high shine. Your piece may have tiny pits from trapped air bubbles, which is indicative of genuine surfite. We do not use any sealer polish, so we guarantee your surfite to be pure resin only- the high gloss sheen comes solely from old fashioned elbow grease. Each piece is created by hand one at at time.
*** While we do our best to portray colors accurately due to lighting and different computer monitors please expect some variance. All are beautiful.
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