Sea Glass- “aren’t they just broken beer bottles?”


Have you ever been walking on the beach and see little bits of glass worn down by the sand? I bet you thought “People need to put their beer bottles in the recycle bin, not the ocean.” Well, actually most sea glass is from shipwrecks off the coast. A majority of the glass comes from medicine bottles being transported on the ships. Since it takes a long time for the sand to wear down the glass, most of the well worn pieces are old. Sea glass comes in a menagerie of colors like white, dark amber, green, and a more rare color blue. Sea glass isn’t the only thing you’ll find at the beach. A beach in my state has a large amount of sharks teeth and fossils both of which are fun to collect. Sometimes you may come across old pieces of pottery also from the shipwrecks, so you never know what you might find! A lot of people use sea glass for wire jewelry. I have actually seen fake sea glass sold in the crafts stores by the bag(real sea glass is way prettier)! Collecting sea glass is an interesting hobby that will always leave you satisfied after you leave the beach with a small handful of “gems”.So next time you’re on the beach take a closer look at what is probably an artifact of another time.

Here are some pictures of some of the sea glass and sharks teeth my family and I have collected:

white sea glass

white sea glass

amber sea glass

amber sea glass

green sea glass

green sea glass

blue sea glass

blue sea glass

a variety of different colors of sea glass

a variety of different colors of sea glass

Sharks Teeth

Sharks Teeth

This is from the Travel Channel site which has many incredible displays of sea glass:

http://cash-and-treasures-wiki.travelchannel.com/page/Sea+Glass+Lovers

Here is a site that tells you what to look for when searching for sea glass:

http://www.wikihow.com/Collect-Sea-or-Beach-Glass

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