Clear sea glass looks frosty and white when dry and is often referred to as white sea glass. Roughly two out of three pieces of sea glass you find will be clear or white. Brown sea glass may come mainly from beer, root beer and whiskey bottles. The older the glass the less common it is.
Although beach glass and sea glass are often used interchangeably, they can refer to two separate things, as well. While sea glass is always created and found near oceans, beach glass can be used to refer to glass that is found on freshwater shores, around lakes or rivers.
Genuine sea glass is mostly found to be triangular in shape, and not uniform at all (just ask a sea glass jeweler looking for matching earrings parts), though sometimes glass from deeper water, that was older (and likely thicker) and survived longer will have a rounded or bulbous shape.
Prices can vary widely, from pennies per piece for small pieces in odd shapes with chips and flaws (sometimes called “roughs”) to flawless, nicely shaped, jewelry quality pieces that might sell for $5-10 each if they are rare colors like deep aqua or cobalt blue.
However, red sea glass has always been rare to find because of how it’s made. While there are different metals and metal oxides that change color when added into the mix, some red glass is created by using particles of gold. If you do find a red piece of sea glass it is likely from an old Schlitz beer bottle.
Sea Glass is Natural - It is not altered, reshaped, artificially etched or colorized. 7. Made By The Sea - It is naturally tumbled in the ocean for many years. 8.
History of Sea Glass
Sea glass jewelry has been popular for about 25 years, but it’s been found on beaches around the world since the mid-1960s. Before that point, almost everything was kept in glass bottles or jars.
Collect sea glass
“Unless the landowner has stipulated that nothing is to be removed from the beach.” As it isn’t a natural component of the beach, you are technically removing debris.
Back in the day, there was a general rule to sea glass rarity that everyone pretty much agreed on: Red and blue; rare, brown and clear; not as much. But this was decades before anyone thought of “codifying” sea glass colors. Today, sea glass is more popular than ever, yet rarer than ever.
For dull or gritty looking glass, use a very tiny amount of coconut oil on the surface with your fingertips & rub onto your glass (just a dab of oil with the tip of a cotton swab should do). Your sea glass will instantly glisten & glow again.
Why does it glow under UV light? This type of glass is also known as Vaseline glass due to its colour and oily finish (when not tumbled and frosted by the ocean). The ultraviolet magic is due to tiny traces of uranium in the glass.
Black glass, or “pirate glass,” is glass that looks black, but when held up to the light, its true color is revealed. For the Outer Banks, the pirate glass is usually dark olive green, often with an air bubble stuck inside which indicates that it was made by hand and thus very old.
Although sea glass can be found on beaches all over the world, the beaches of the northeast United States, northeast England, Mexico, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Italy and Australia are particularly well known for their wealth of sea glass.
So, from our readers, here are the top 10 beaches for finding sea glass and beach glass.- Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California.
Seaham Beach, Seaham, England.
Davenport Beach, Davenport, California.
Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor, Ohio.
Monhegan Island, Lincoln County, Maine.
Souris Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
With the lower levels, the glass will be smoother because it cannot hydrate as well. In turn, the surface will not be able to break down as easily. In areas where there are less rocks and shells and finer sand, the sea glass will have a softer and smoother look.
“Genuine sea glass” can be collected as a hobby and is used for decoration, most commonly in jewelry. “Beach glass” comes from fresh water and is often less frosted in appearance than sea glass. Sea glass takes 20 to 40 years, and sometimes as much as 100 to 200 years, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape.
Mermaid tears are small pieces of glass or plastic found in the world’s oceans. When bottles, cups, or other debris are dropped or dumped into the water, they often break apart; the pieces are worn down by the tumbling of the waves and sand, eventually forming into smooth, rounded shapes.
It takes about 30 years for the ocean to break down glass into sea treasure, and not all beaches are capable of creating it, which is why a good sea glass beach is hard to find. The best options are usually near former dumping grounds, where there is consistent wave movement.
This glass knowledge is based on 28 years of collecting and decades of researching the origins of our glass. Common - White, Green, Brown found in most beach combing locations throughout the world. Unique colors are Greens Browns and Whites glass with age, thickness or patterning. Unique - Olive greens, pale amber’s.
Sea glass that has a unique shape, possessed interesting details, or is a unique color (more on that later) can go for up to $10 per piece. Sea glass that’s of the rarest color, and is medium to large, can fetch a price up to $100 to the right jeweler or artist.
Even though cobalt blue glass has been made throughout the generations, the color is still rare, especially when compared with clear or brown glass. It is thought that only about one in 250 or so pieces of real sea glass is found in a cobalt blue color, and double that for cornflower blue sea glass.
Look for pink, blue and green glassware
Pink, green and blue are the most valuable colors of depression glass. Pink tends to be the most valuable because it is more rare. Yellow and amber colored depression glass is more common and therefore less valuable.