What exactly is sea glass?... Just as the caterpillar changes into the beautiful butterfly, Seaglass begins it's transition as ordinary manmade glass items such as windows, bottles and jars that are discarded into our Oceans and Seas and eventually finding themselves back upon our beaches and shores transformed into glistening smooth and frosty jewels of the deep. Their creation stems from years of being slowly worn and polished by the ocean's waves and currents as they drag these baubles through sand, seashells and stones much like the action of a very big "rock tumbler." Some seaglass colors demand very high prices to jewelers and collectors alike such as "Extremely Rare" Orange & Red not to mention the lovely Cobalt and Cornflower Blues, Purples, Pinks, Yellows and the Aquas! It's like taking a piece of the Ocean and beach home with you!
Many years ago people buried and burned their bottles and trash directly on the beach as well as a vast majority of the garbage being shipped off and dumped at sea. I guess they believed in the old adage "Out of sight out of mind"! Todays recycling laws have drastically taken their toll on the amount of seaglass you will find on a particular beach along with most companies substituting their glass products for those that are made from plastic.
Not all of our beaches produce seaglass but you may be one of the lucky ones who stumbles upon just the right spot so keep looking among those rock's and seashells and don't forget that the best time to find these colorful ocean gems is right around lowtide and just after a storm! Seaglass is the term often used for any glass you find by an Ocean,Sea, Bay or anywhere there is salt water while Beach Glass can be found in fresh water such as rivers,lakes and creeks. The more currents or wave action, the more likely that you are to find frosty top quality sea glass. Good Hunting!
Called many things, seaglass, beachglass, mermaids tears, lucky glass, ocean glass and sea gems, they are all beautiful and make incredible jewelry and just plain fun to collect.