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The Secret is Out About Sea Glass

Sea glass in several colors and shapes.
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How did this happen? How did the world find out about my passion for sea glass? It seems like everyone is looking for the colorful frosted pieces of glass that wash up along the shores of the beach. On my local beaches I used to be the only one walking along the beach, head down, searching for the precious gems. Now, I see a stream of people walking down the beach, searching for these special pieces of art created by nature. It’s enough to make me want to get up before dawn just so I get the first stab at the beach.

I can’t blame them; I think looking for sea glass is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable hobbies I’ve ever had. Who doesn’t like to be outdoors, walking on a beach, hearing the sound of the surf, and finding hidden treasures…for free?

If you collect sea glass, you know that it gets in your blood. You have to do it and live to do it whenever you can. In the summer I’ve been known to go out and comb the beach several times per day. I even went out in search of some gems on the shores of Lake Erie in January, when it was a few degrees above zero and the few shards of glass I did find were frozen to the beach. I think I might be obsessed.

Today I went to an art show and met another collector who was selling sea glass jewelry. I could have talked to this person for hours (well, I sort of did) about the best beaches to find it, what our best finds were, what online groups he belongs to, and how to find black sea glass on the beach.

We both talked about the fact that each year it seems like the amount of glass we find is starting to dwindle. This can be attributed to the fact that more plastic bottles are being produced and more people are out their hunting for it.

Even though it pains me to encourage others to pick up the passion, I have to share the love.If you are interested in picking up my hobby, here are a few great books I would recommend.

Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems by Richard LaMotte

Sea Glass Hunter’s Handbook by C.S. Lambert. This woman has written a few books on the topic and is very passionate about her hobby.

Want to read a really great novel that has sea glass as the central theme? I would highly recommend Anita Shreve’s Sea Glass.

Can’t get to the beach this winter? When you are having withdrawal, I suggest you get this calendar so you can dream about your next sea glass hunt.

Sea Glass 2011 calendar
Sea Glass 2011 Calendar

You can also join the legion of people around the world that already know the secret on this online forum for Sea Glass Lovers.

Love the frosty stuff? Please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Madelline

    I'm a collector and sea glass supplier from Puerto Rico (Caribbean). I love it!! If you like sea glass but the beach is far, I send a little piece of the Caribbean to your door. http://www.aquablueseaglass.etsy.com Blessings,

    Madelline

  • http://www.nibblesnbites.com Scraps

    I did an ephemera swap many years ago and got a fabulous box of sea glass out of the deal. So far a few pieces have made their way into a mosaic and others came in handy for table decorations at my brother and sister-in-law's beach-themed shower. The rest I just run my hands through from time to time and dream of what I'm going to eventually do with them.

  • Mermaid's Purse

    Yes, I too love the frosty stuff. It is quite irresistible, once hooked, your hooked. It is sad that so many others are catching on. Looking forward to this years winter storms and sea glass hunting. Happy Hunting to you.

    Fair Winds and Calm Seas,
    Deborah Leon
    http://www.mermaidspurseseaglass.com

  • http://www.WestCoastSeaGlass.com Westcoastseaglass

    Hi Maria and Fellow Readers,

    Great article. As lifelong collectors, we too are noticing a strong decline in what the ocean is able to give up any more. Several factors are the cause: less glass bottling being produced, less disposal into the ocean, more collectors and rising shorelines. We've saved our rarest and most pristine pieces to use in our high quality sea glass jewelry: http://www.WestCoastSeaGlass.com

    The Sea Glass Association has a really nice homebase website for the worldwide sea glass collecting community. Please join in: http://www.SeaGlassAssociation.org

    -Thanks, MB

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