Sea Glass Jewelry - by DanielleRenee
SEA GLASS (SEAGLASS)
I draw my conclusions and opinions about sea glass (beach glass) through personal experience of more than two scores of beach combing for authentic sea glass. Hence the following is my own definition of authentic, naturally formed sea glass.
Defining Sea Glass:
The creation process of genuine or real sea glass is truly a metamorphosis of a unique nature transcending glass trash to sea glass jewels. This transformation occurs in the depths of our oceans until it has been surrendered in a seaside treasure trove, newly formed. The colors, types and textures of seaglass are as vast as the countless glass types, colors and textures since genesis of glass.
The name sea glass in itself is its’ description. Glass shards found on the shoreline given up by the sea after years of being tumbled naturally by currents, wave activity and other elements found in ocean water such as salt, sand, shells, rocks and other beach debris. The name sea glass has alias names such as “seaglass“, “beach glass“, “beachglass” and “Mermaid Tears“. They are all one in the same.
Determining the value of a sea glass shard:
Top Jewelry Quality seaglass or “JQ” must meet certain criteria starting with being completely frosted. Each piece of completely frosted sea glass holds a value. There should be no or minimal chips, cracks or sections of the sea glass piece that are unchanged by nature. Some have more of a sugar coated appearance due to the hydration process that takes decades, scores and even centuries to produce. Hence, the value of sea glass is determined much like a natural gem, precious and semi precious gemstones. Rarity in color, size, clarity and condition come into play when putting a price on authentic sea glass. When purchasing sea glass or sea glass jewelry one can use this criteria along with personal preference in mind as “beauty is still in the eye of the beholder”.
As a professional sea glass collector and jewelry artist, I can attest to the fact that through the process of deduction white, green and brown are the common colors of sea glass the other more vibrant colors such as red, orange, yellow and turquoise are indeed rarer but we would be remiss to overlook the beauty of true black sea glass (very old) and pastels that most likely originated from depression glass. Another fact about sea glass is that it is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to find. This also has increased its' value. The recent surge in popularity, littering laws and glass being replaced by plastic contribute to its' scarcity. Like anything else the market value can fluctuate depending on the demand. I am finding customers are increasingly looking for the rarest sea glass they can find which tells me they are becoming more educated about its' value.
Unfortunatley most of the sea glass (seaglass) that is found is not jewelry quality. However each piece is unique.
There are charts from sea glass organizations and books written on colors and the value of natural sea glass. I recommend "Pure Sea Glass" by Richard Lamotte which is used by many professional sea glass collectors, jewelers and other types of artists as a benchmark in determining origin and rarity of sea glass.
Unfortunately there are products that say sea glass jewelry or beach glass jewelry that are not authentic sea glass. One must read the fine print or deal with a credible sea glass collector or artist.
As a member of "The North American Sea Glass Association", I urge the consumer to be vigilant in making sure that their purchase is genuine sea glass.
Another practice that is on the rise is that of "seeding beaches". People are litterally breaking glass to toss into the ocean and hopefully find it surf tumbled years down the road. This practice is against all rules and laws regarding littering and environmental protection and conservation.
For your enjoyment, I have posted information on how to identify your sea glass shard.
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