Collecting Sea Glass

Colorful Sea Glass

Sea Glass, Turban Shells, and Sea Urchin Spines

Sea Glass Collected Near Fort Bragg, California

Sea glass is a wonderful treasure to find on the beach. It seems perfect to find it there, because the main ingredient of sea glass is sand. The acidity and tumbling action of the sea polishes and frosts the glass. It takes 20-30 years for the ocean waves to smooth the rough edges. The most common colors of sea glass are white, brown, and green (clear glass frosts to white in the ocean). Less common colors are pink, purple, and cobalt blue. Rare colors are cornflower blue, yellow, and orange. The rarest color of all is red because in the past it was made with gold. Sometimes white glass will have a faint lavender color. If so, it means the glass was tinted by the ultraviolet rays of the sun and may be over 100 years old.  The best time to look for sea glass is after a storm, especially during the extra low tides of December and January. Notice on the beach where little shells and stones wash in and collect – sea glass may be there too. Another good place to look for sea glass is near a jetty or rock jutting out into the water. Whatever treasures you may find, it is always a joy to spend time at the beach!  An article about beautiful blue cobalt sea glass is at:   The Sea Glass Journal is at:

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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