Most rare pink sea glass comes from transparent pattern-molded Depression glass tableware produced during the 1920s to the 1950s. The majority of its production was during the 1930s when the demand for affordable glassware rose during the Depression.
Patterns and Colors
Depression glass was produced in many assorted patterns and colors. Besides pink, most Depression glassware also came in other transparent colors such as yellow, green, light blue, and clear and translucent pastel blue and green.
If you’re interested in looking at the many different patterns of Depression glass, check out depression-glass.net.
Finding Pink Sea Glass
The odds of finding pink sea glass are rare: approximately 1 in 1,000, says Richard LaMotte author of Pure Sea Glass: Nature’s Vanishing Gems.
So far, I’ve only found two frosty pink shards in northern California. One might be “sun-colored,” meaning it was originally clear glass affected by the sun’s UV light. In fact, many pink sea glass shards a collector finds are probably sun-colored. Either way, the beauty and rarity of pink sea glass still holds value to collectors.
If you’re lucky enough to find a deeply colored pink shard, it likely came from a vase or perfume bottle and is rarer than the more mass-produced tableware glass.
The best way to find pink sea glass is to find beachcombing sites where trash was dumped or there was a lot of shipping traffic over the past few centuries.
Buy Pink Sea Glass
Nonetheless, if you’ve got to have pink sea glass, you can buy it at places like ebay or Etsy, but depending on the number you need, it can be quite expensive. Many single shards sell for $10 dollars or more depending on their condition.
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