Find Sea Glass
Whether you are just interested in learning about sea glass or want to start collecting it, follow me on my journey to find and research information about sea glass.
I started my search to find sea glass during the spring of 2012. I live in Redondo Beach, California, so I started collecting sea glass near my home.
Soon, I started making trips up and and down the California coast. I have been as far south as San Diego and as far north as Fort Bragg–home of Glass Beach. Where ever I go in search of sea glass, I take lots of pictures to post on my blog. I also post directions to beaches where I’ve found sea glass.
Follow me on a sea glass journey as I travel throughout California and eventually the East Coast of the United States, Canada and Caribbean in search of the best places to find sea glass.
Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems
Soon after I discovered sea glass, I bought Richard LaMotte’s book Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems. LaMotte’s book is a must have for serious sea glass lovers. Besides having lovely sea glass photos by Celia Pearson, the book has the most comprehensive information about the origins and colors of sea glass.
I met LaMotte at the Cayucos Sea Glass Festival in March 2014. He signed my book and gave me a free book marker. We had a nice conversation as he explained to me how glass and sea glass changed after the production of glass became automated in the 1920s.
Where Does Sea Glass Come From
Sea glass dates back in history for as long as glass has been around. Ironically, most sea glass was discarded trash, especially before environmental laws prohibited people from dumping trash into or near water.
Many people discarded trash in various waterbodies because the water just carried it away. There were also garbage dumps near the ocean. Some sea glass also comes from people dumping their trash off their boats.
Over time, much of the trash that ends up in the water disintegrates, but glass does not disintegrate. Instead the ocean tosses it around until the glass makes its way towards the shore. During its journey, it transforms into thick, frosty gems.
Sea Glass Creations
Soon, people began to notice the beauty of sea glass and its different colors.
Jewelry makers started to create different pieces from sea glass like ear rings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.
People also started using sea glass for other crafts like mosaics, wind chimes, wreaths, jar displays, candle holders and many other creative projects.
Today, many shards of sea glass are considered as valuable as other precious stones like diamonds and rubies.
Sea Glass, Beach Glass, and Mermaid Tears
Sea glass is sometimes referred to as mermaid tears or beach glass. Most people identify sea glass as glass transformed by oceans and beach glass as glass transformed by fresh water bodies like lakes and streams. Because seawater has a higher PH level compared to most freshwater bodies, sea glass from oceans is usually thicker and frostier than beach glass.
Sea Glass is Becoming More Scarce
Finding sea glass is becoming more and more challenging. As less trash is being dumped into seas and fresh waterbodies–which of course is a good thing for the environment–sea glass is becoming more rare. And the more rare it becomes, the more valuable it becomes. Many beaches that contained bounties of sea glass have been picked over; however, it’s still possible to find sea glass, and this Web site is created to help you find it.