is a collaboration between the beach and a litterbug. Glass bottles
discarded on the shore are tumbled by wave action over time, transforming
them into rare treasure. The finish on the surface of a piece of
seaglass is difficult to duplicate. Machine tumbled glass is smoother,
and though it is often referred to as "seaglass", an experienced
collector is never fooled.
The most common colors are brown, white and green. You may find
light blue from old bottles. A friend of mine found a big chunk
of light blue sea glass that said 1784 and was stamped with the
seal of the King of England; clear proof that some of the glass
has been around a while.
blue comes from old Milk of Magnesia bottles and Noxema containers.
In my Maine town the garbage dumped in the woods was the same as
that dumped on the beach, and we have spent many buggy hours digging
through old bottle dumps verifying sources.
Pinks and yellows were probably decorative items. Light Purple
comes from a chemical change in the white glass that occurs when
it is exposed to sunlight. Red is extremely rare, as it comes from
taillights and running lights and occasional decorative items. Old
red glass was made using gold and is quite a find. I have seen only
2 pieces of true orange sea glass in all my years- (your guess is
as good as mine
is a finite resource. In the 15 years we have been in business the
amount of glass has declined to the point where on some southern
Maine beaches seaglass is only a memory. The fact that seaglass
is slowly disappearing from the beaches makes it all the more special
and exciting to find, and many people share the fun. If you love
seaglass I hope that next time you break something made out of pretty
glass you will throw it in the waves at low tide to give back a
little grist for the mill.
Check out a full array of seaglass jewelry in the Gallery!