While waiting to see the Doctor the other day, I sat in the waiting room pretending to read my magazine, while I eyed the other patients. As I was flicking through the pages of a National Geographic however, an article caught my eye. It was basically about the decreasing amounts of Sea Glass in our oceans due to everything that was once made of glass, now being made with plastic.
In a nutshell, Sea (or beach) Glass is formed when bits of broken glass are rounded and smoothed by the tumbling action of the waves and sand. The longer the glass lies in the ocean’s depths, the smoother and more desirable it becomes. The colorful jewels are then washed up on the shore and wait to be discovered.
I suppose I never really gave much thought to Sea Glass and it never occurred to me as to there being varying degrees of rarity. Clear Sea Glass is the most common, along with green and brown, while red is apparently extremely rare.
Many artists have taken to using Sea Glass as unique gems in their jewelry creations. The prices for these gorgeous and totally unique pieces can skyrocket into the hundreds of dollars depending on the rarity of the glass used. The stunning earrings featured above were created by West Coast Sea Glass, and they feature the ever elusive red glass. Some other artists who create jewlery from Sea Glass are Beach Glass Memories, Sea Find Designs and my favourite, Relish (featured below), which is run by sisters Jennifer and Terri who create beautiful jewelry in sterling silver and 14k gold, using pieces of genuine found Lake Erie beach glass.
I know I am now going to keep an extra eye out next time I’m at the beach. Has anyone found any Sea Glass that they have kept or has made into something special? Does anyone have any red Sea Glass?