What Is Sea Glass Jewelry?
‘Sea glass’, the name itself suggests that it is found from the sea or on the shores of bodies of water. It is the glass that was thrown away in the water bodies. The largest amount of sea glass comes out from the larger bodies such as oceans, lakes, bays, or rivers. The breaking down of glass and creating frosted glass takes almost 20 to 40 years, and sometimes it may be 100 to 200 years. The jewelry made from this frosted sea glass is called sea glass jewelry.
The Creation Of Natural Sea Glass
When glass bottles and other scraps such as mirrors, automobile parts, jars, windows, etc. drowned in water, water turbulence broke down the glass into smaller pieces. In the meantime, these glass pieces dragged across sand and tumble over rocks, wearing away their sharp edges that give it a smooth frosted look. At last, these pieces make their way to the shores and are collected. Sea glass is also called mermaid tears because there was a myth in old times that whenever a sailor died of drowning, the mermaids cried in sorrow, and their tears became the sea glass. They used to make beautiful jewelry pieces and other decorative items.
Man-Made Sea Glass
As the glass is no longer used as it was in the past, it is becoming difficult to find sea glass. So, people started to imitate sea glass by creating ocean effects. They cut sheets of glass into smaller pieces and put them in a rock tumbler. This makes the glass smooth and sharp edges rounded. Lastly, to give a frosted look, the pieces of glass were placed into an acid bath.
Where To Find Sea Glass?
The beaches of the northeast United States, Bermuda, Scotland, Mexico, Australia, Hawaii, Italy, Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia, England, and Spain are the most famous places to find sea glass. You can search the areas near harbors, rocky coastlines, and coves. The best time to look for sea glass is at the time of low tides after the storm and during the spring tides.
The Colors Of Sea Glass
Sea glass can be found in many colors such as green, brown, blue, white, and many more. The prices also depend on the color of the sea glass, rare colors have higher prices and common colors are sold at lower rates. The most common color is white which comes from clear windows, plates, windshields, etc.
The black is glass is considered the antique sea glass, and it is very hard to find because the production of black bottles (used for beer and liquor bottles) was stopped at the end of the 18th century. The black color of sea glass seems to be very dark olive-green when held in the light, not black. There are so many fascinating colors of sea glass like purple, red, teal, orange, red, gray, etc. These colors are also considered to be rare because the commercial use of such colors in making glass is less.
Shapes Of Sea Glass
The sea glass comes in many sizes and shapes such as triangular, oval, round, asymmetrical, heart shape, etc., and the frosting appearance indicates the true sea glass. The jewelry makers used the natural shapes of the sea glass to make jewelry items such as pendants, bracelets, earrings, teardrop pendants, and other jewelry pieces.
Mostly the sea glass is combined with sterling silver as the silver emphasizes its natural beauty and colors. People also love to combine starfish and sea glass as they believe starfish is a symbol of renewal and healing. The combination of sea glass and silver starfish is very popular. Sea glass is also mixed with shells to make bracelets. While the smaller pieces are used to make a pair of earrings.
Is Sea Glass Valuable?
Sea glass jewelry is very valuable, the value of the sea glass mostly depends on its color and grade. Rare colors of sea glass value the most, and the grade depends on the frosting. Some pieces are individual costs up to $1000. A good grade and nice color of sea glass bring good prices.