Maritime Law, the mystery of the sea

Collection Development Flotsam and Jetsam Maritime Law Mystery of the Sea

Maritime Law

The Flotasm and Jetsam collection started as a series of four rings inspired by moving water, and the mystery an tranquility of the sea: Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, Derelict.

Further items soon followed, including earrings and a necklace to compliment the range, Spindrift.



The seaside, watching waves roll onto the shore, is one of my happy places, somewhere that I feel content and calm, and I wanted to channel this into wearable items that I could take everywhere with me (including through the hectic lifestyle of London!).

I thought I'd share the meanings of these items in  Maritime Law, and I hope you can see these characteristics in the individual pieces of jewellery........




Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, and Derelict are specific kinds of wreckage, with different consequences in the law of admiralty and marine salvage.


Flotsam is debris in the water that was not deliberately thrown overboard, usually the result from a shipwreck.
The word derives from the old French 'floter', to float.

Flotsam may be 'claimed by the original owner.....'
Jetsam is debris in the water that was deliberately thrown overboard, most often to lighten a ship's load. The word is shortened from 'Jettison', to cast off a burden.
Jetsam may be 'claimed by whoever discovers it' !
Lagan is goods or wreckage lying at the bottom of the sea bed, sometimes marked with a buoy, so that it can be claimed.
Derelict is cargo at the bottom if the ocean, that no one has any hope of reclaiming. 
Left, deserted, abandoned to the sea........
SpindrIft is the sea spray blown from cresting waves during a gale. Part of the storm that can cause a shipwreck.
I created the jewellery in this collection  to echo treasures that get left washed upon the beach. Shop and ennoy the pieces here.

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