If you’ve found orange sea glass, you’re quite lucky. The odds of finding orange are about 1 in 10,000, says Richard Lamotte author of Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems.
Why is Orange Sea Glass So Rare?
The main reason orange sea glass is so rare is the color was not manufactured as much as other colored glass. In addition, back in the early 1900s, there was little evidence left behind that documented how orange glass was made, but it’s likely little orange glass was produced because the chances of creating the same exact orange hue with chemicals in different batches of glass was challenging.
Where Does Orange Sea Glass Come From?
Glass manufacturers such as Jeanette, Federal, Fire-King, and Imperial made translucent orange tableware in the early 1900s. Some orange sea glass also comes from the edges of car lights and vases and art glass from the art-deco period. Transparent orange sea glass also exists.
Is It Really Orange?
Sometimes people think they’ve found orange sea glass, but in fact they have found golden-amber. Golden-amber sea glass is rare, but it’s not the true orange sea glass that is the rarest color of sea glass.
If you place a shard of orange sea glass next to a shard of golden-amber sea glass, it’s easier to tell which one is genuinely orange.
Take a look at the photo below. The orange sea glass is on the bottom left; the other two shards above and on the right are golden-amber.