About Sea Glass
Some interesting sea glass facts:
What is sea glass?
Sea glass, also known as seaglass, beach glass, mermaids tears, "End of Day" glass or ocean glass. Sea Glass comes from a shard of glass of any form, that has made its way into a body of water and has worn smooth over time from erosion. The time it takes is 40 or more years to form a quality piece of sea glass or what would be called jewelry quality. An even patina, smooth, no shiny spots and evenly frosted shard is what is considered the jewelry quality piece of sea glass. This type of quality sea glass along with a shard being extremely rare in color has sold in the price range of $200 or more to some collectors.
What is "End Of Day Sea Glass"?
"End of Day Sea Glass," is otherwise known as English Sea Glass. Around the 1850's, in England, the glass factories that were off the coastline, the glassblowers, the creators of glass mosaics, stain glass windows and other forms of glass wares disposed their scraps or breakages into the sea. The beautiful layering of this glass occurs because of the glass was hand blown an the colors were blended differently then todays manufactured glass. Today the beaches of England are littered with these sea glass gems of various colors that so many collectors and jewelry makers sort after.
The Rarity of Sea Glass by Color As stated in: "Pure Sea Glass," written beautifully by Richard La Motte, here are the categories rating by color rarity. This will give you a better understanding of the value and rarity of the colors of sea glass. There are many other factors that affect the value of a shard then just the color, frosting, age, thickness, shape and size may also reflect the value of sea glass.
Purple | Amethyst
Sea glass has been on the decline due to recycling laws and the growing use of plastic to better our environment. With these changes to improve the world we live in, sea glass has become a valued gem to many of us. In reality sea glass has become a comfort symbol that that people treasure, the thoughts of an individual's childhood years, happy times and memories of the waters and beaches they once walked upon. This is why sea glass is now treasured like any other gemstone, besides it is another way to "go green" and recycle.
The definition of sea glass: Originally made by the products of man and then perfected by Mother Nature.
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HL SEA AND BEACH GLASS JEWELRY,
P.O. BOX 33, SOUTH JAMESPORT, NY 11970
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