Sea Glass is the ocean’s rejected cast offs of the human world. They are beautiful pieces of human-made glass that have found their way into the ocean, tumbled through the waves and rolled across the sands into delightful treasures. It’s called Beach Glass if it is shaped or found by fresh water. It’s popular in jewellery. And of course, people can make artificial versions of it.
There are collectors of sea glass all around the world. In Australia, those who search for sea glass are called seaglunkers.
Sea glass comes in many shapes and colors, and the community has an ongoing debate about which color is the rarest. My personal favourites are UV glass, turquoise, bright aqua, and sea foam.
If you’re wondering what sources the glass come from, The Blue Bottle Tree has a good article on it. I’ll give you a hint where a lot of it comes from: bottles.
Disclaimer. I have never collected sea glass in real life. I hope to some day.
Sea glass is found on beaches all around the world. Some of the best places to collect sea glass are near glass or bottle factories that dumped waste into the ocean, near tourist spots, and where garbage was or is dumped into the ocean.
To me, sea glass is bittersweet: a product of human destruction turned into beauty by nature. It’s also beautiful, nature molded into art and useful pieces, forgotten and discarded and treasured again. One of my main characters in my mermaid novel loves sea glass and lightning glass and has a large collection of both.