With the madness of the Christmas shopping period, this little bead got a bit lost in the mix - so we thought we would shine a bit of light on our newest charity bead and charity bracelet supporting the National Lobster Charity in Padstow, Cornwall!
What do the National Lobster Hatchery do?
The NLH is a marine conservation, education and research charity and one of the only conservation projects open to the public.
With a focus on the European lobster, the charity exists primarily to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve the coastal marine bio-diversity and fishing heritage of Cornwall.
Supporting the local fishing communities and the incredible native species, the European Lobster, the charity operates a stock enhancement project by raising baby lobsters through their most vulnerable life stages then releasing them into the wild.
Working with a local network of fisherman, berried hens (pregnant lobsters) are brought into the hatchery’s maternity ward carrying up to 40,000 eggs under their tail. Once the eggs are hatched, the babies are raised by the onsite technicians using pioneering techniques to improve the survival rate of the hatching lobsters (roughly by 1000%), in their lobster nursery until they are ready to be released and take on the Cornish waters.
National Lobster Hatchery Jewellery by Nalu Beads
We've used a core of dark blue transparent glass which is then rolled in a mixture of "Little Lobster Hatchling" frit - inspired by the colours of the little lobsters in their hatching tanks. The bead is then encased in clear glass to give the effect of the lobsters floating in the water.
Making Nalu Beads
Our Murano glass beads are handmade in our studio in Braunton, North Devon in the UK using lamp work techniques. Take a peek at Sarah creating Nalu magic...