The origin of Genuine Sea Glass dates back over two centuries when glass vessels first housed liquids. Until the 1960’s, sanitation depts. in coastal towns and beachgoers regularly disposed of glass refuse into the ocean. Wave-tossed and weather-worn by stormy skies and tumultuous tides, it takes a minimum of two decades to transform a jagged piece of discarded glass into a perfectly frosted ‘jewel of the sea’.
Today, green, brown and clear are the most prevalent on the sea glass color spectrum due to the number of bottles manufactured in the 19th Century. Far more difficult to find are blue, pink and purple, with red, yellow, black, and gray rarer still. Orange is considered by most to be the sea glass collectors ‘holy grail’.
With the advent of recycling and glass replacing plastic in beverage bottling, truly authentic, natural sea glass is becoming increasingly scarce. As a result, the value of prestigious older, gem-quality shards continues to climb.
Due to its rarity and increased demand for the ‘real thing’ the industry has been inundated with fake sea glass. If it’s simulated, recycled or cultured, Mother Nature didn’t make it. Rather, it’s been manufactured by man to ‘look’ like real sea glass – Don’t be fooled by FAKE!