Beach Life: Hidden Treasures of Atlantic Beach - Sea Glass

May 5, 2018

Our Florida beaches offer up many treasures from sharks' teeth to beautiful shells, but one of my favorite finds is a pretty piece of sea glass. I grew up on the west coast of Florida and never found sea glass until moving to Atlantic Beach, located on the northeast coast. Our beaches here are famed for their shark teeth, but those little black triangles always seem to elude my searches while the colorful frosted glass jumps out at me every time. I've made it a my goal to not leave the beach until I find at least one little treasure each visit.

 

 

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Where does sea glass come from? Well, it’s made from broken shards of glass from bottles, jars and even shipwrecks, so you never know where your unique piece originated. There is a mysterious hidden history behind each one, something you can only guess at based on the color of the glass. The most abundant colors I see are white and brown, so finding a pretty shade of blue or green is always an exciting find. Certain shades of blue and green are also quite rare, originating from early 1900s soda bottles. Some of the lighter cornflower blue shades can come from poison bottles! Kelly green and brown are often from beer bottles and the more abundant cloudy white pieces could be from any type of glass from glasses to windshields. Purple, pink and yellow are very rare, and the least common color to find is orange.

 

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Sea glass is becoming harder and harder to find as people use more plastics, recycle glass and learn to stop tossing their trash in the ocean. On average, it can take anywhere from 10-30 years for a piece of glass to be turned into the smooth, frosted gem-like stones we find on the our shore. I usually find flat smooth pieces, but they come in all shapes and sizes from little gem sized pieces to larger pebbles. The ocean and sand act as the world's biggest rock tumbler, smoothing the rough edges and creating a pitted hazy surface unique to authentic sea glass. Some of those pieces may have been tumbling for over 100 years!

 

 

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You can use the glass to make jewelry or fill a pretty vase. I've found enough so far to fill a tiny bowl, but my goal is to fill a glass base and turn it into a one-of-a-kind beach lamp as a functional way to exhibit my colorful collection. One article I once  I read sea glass described sea glass as being a true "reverse gem," where gemstones are made by nature and then shaped by man, but sea glass is made by man and then shaped by nature. Sometimes called Mermaid's Tears, sea glass is the ocean's way of turning man's trash into a unique treasure. Sea glass, such  colorful treasures from the sea.

 

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