Most lime green sea glass found on the shore today comes from soda bottles manufactured during the 60s and 70s. A few of the shards come from lime green Depression glass and other specialty glass.
Lime sea glass is uncommon. The odds of finding it are approximately 1 in 50 to 100 out of all the sea glass you find.
Lime Green Soda Bottles
Much of the lime sea glass along the shore comes from soda bottles from bottling companies that used lime green glass for beverages such as 7Up, Squirt, Simba, Quench, Mountain Dew, Fresca, and Sprite. These brightly green colored shards usually stand out on the shore for the lucky sea collector who happens to walk by.
The production years for lime green glass soda bottles ranges from the early 1900s to the 1970s with the peak production period between the 1960s and 1970s.
Lime Green Specialty Glass
While most lime green sea glass shards likely come soda bottles, a few of them come from household glassware like Depression glass, seltzer bottles, art glass, and other specialty glass.
Green Hocking Cameo Ballerina Dancing Girl Depression Glass: Photo Courtesy of Catlady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass
Lime Green Depression Glass Sea Glass
In the United States, mainly during the 1930s and 1940s, many patterns of translucent lime green Depression glass were popular because the glass was fairly inexpensive to create. Several different companies manufactured machine pressed tinted glass in several different patterns and many different colors. Besides green, Depression glass also came in colors like red, blue, orange, yellow, pink, lavender, clear, and black.
At reasonable prices during the economic downturn, people could purchase complete settings of Depression glass including additional pieces like creamers and sugar containers, salt and pepper shakers, butter dishes, salad plates, bowls, and even vases. Some companies that sold products like cereal and detergent gave away free Depression glassware, so people could collect a whole set as long as they continued to buy their products.
Depression Glass with Uranium
Many patterns of pale lime green Depression glass were made with small amounts of uranium, and these sea glass pieces will glow under a black light. However, Depression glass can easily be confused with Vaseline glass, which has a much brighter and neon green glow under a black light. Depression glass also tends to glow more yellow than green.
UV lime green Depression glass is extremely rare. Other UV lime green sea glass may also come from other specialty glass besides Depression glass.
Lime Green Opaque Milk Glass
Some sea glass also comes in a pale lime green milk glass that is sometimes referred to as Jadeite sea glass. Besides pale lime green or Jadeite, milk glass also comes in other colors like yellow or Custard glass, soft purple, and soft blue.
Milk glass was popular for household glassware in the United States from the late 1800s up until the early 1900s. Milk glass sea glass in itself is a rare find. Most milk glass sea glass found along the shore is white opaque.