If you happen to find red sea glass, consider yourself extremely lucky. The odds of finding red are approximately one in every 5,000 pieces of sea glass you find.
Even though orange sea glass is rarer than red, many sea glass collectors say the red sea glass shards they find are their most prized possessions. Most sea glass jewelers covent authentic red sea glass and consider it more valuable than diamonds.
Where Does Red Sea Glass Come From?
Most red sea glass comes from Victorian lamps, lanterns, stained glass, tableware, automobile brake lights, marine lights, beer bottles, Depression glass, and marbles, according to Richard LaMotte in his book Pure Sea Glass.
The hues of red sea glass found are usually either crimson red or vibrant red. Vibrant red shards likely come from warning lights.
Why is Red Sea Glass So Rare?
One of the main reasons red sea glass is so rare is the expense from the chemical process to produce it. Besides the expense to produce it, the process to make red glass is also complicated.
Anchor Hocking produced its popular Royal Ruby Red tableware and pieces in the 1930s until the 1960s.
Because a limited amount of red glass has been produced in the last 50 years, you can assume it’s likely that any red sea glass you find was manufactured during the late 1930s to the 1950s.
How to Buy Red Sea Glass
You can buy red sea glass from websites like eBay and Etsy; however, be careful. Many sellers sell artificially tumbled red sea glass. If you’re going to buy red sea glass from a site like eBay, be sure to check the seller’s feedback. Also, be sure the seller has a lot of good feedback and states the sea glass is genuine surf-tumbled sea glass.
LaMotte, Richard. Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems.