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The thing about cobalt beach glass that makes it such a crowd favorite is its accessibility—it’s rare, and we whoop when we find it, but it’s not nearly so elusive as the red or the pink or the orange. Cobalt glass is absolutely attainable, without having to purchase from sea glass sellers.
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.
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.
In 2014, a unique sample of natural glass was recovered from Marquette, Michigan in the USA. The sample is blue in color and is known as a fulgurite, a natural feature formed from lightning discharging into the ground.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By 1877, the blue glass craze had truly taken off.
Sea glass are pieces of broken glass that have made their way into the waterways of the world. Sailors folklore tells the story that the sea glass are the tears shed by mermaids caused by the jealous wrath of Neptune when they fall in love with a sailor, or else they are their tears shed when a sailor drowns.
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.
While many aqua bottles were made, due to its age, aqua sea glass is quite rare, and the vibrant, more intense bright aqua is ultra rare.
This exposure to UV rays is what turns the glass varying shades of purple. The sun causes manganese to oxidize, forming manganese oxide and causing the color change. This color of sea glass is very rare.
As a State Park, all cultural and natural features are protected. It is ILLEGAL to take the sea glass.
It can take 7-10 years in a constant surf environment for sea glass to “become” sea glass. A quality piece of sea glass has no shiny spots, is well frosted (see Frost In Sea Glass Glossary) and has smooth tactile edges.
“Sea glass” is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of salt water. These weathering processes produce natural frosted glass. “Genuine sea glass” can be collected as a hobby and is used for decoration, most commonly in jewelry.
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.
The pieces of glass have been smoothed and frosted by years of being tossed and tumbled by the waves of the ocean. It is most commonly found in pastel shades of blue, green, brown, and white, but you can also find more rare colors such as reds, darker blues, purples, and oranges.
Uses for Blue Bottles
Due to the UV absorption qualities and lack of chemical leaching, blue glass bottles are good for storing alcoholic beverages like wine and liquor.
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.