What is Sea Glass?

Sea glass. Beach glass. Marine gems. Sea Sapphires. Mermaid’s tears. Atlantic amber.

 Harbors throughout the world “collected” discarded china and glass of all sorts. Slowly they were sanded with each tide, buried in mud, ground down on granite, covered in barnacles and hurled around by countless storms. Downeast Maine harbors are certainly no exception to this delightful happening.

At the meeting edge of water and land these sea-jewels are created from glass washed up onto the shoreline and worn down to smooth organic forms by the constant surge and ebb of the tide.

These translucent pebbles can be found in a vast palette of greens, blues, browns, whites and very rarely red, gold, pink, purple, turquoise, lime green, and orange. Greens range from pale to olive to dark emerald. Blues are mainly pale aquamarine to the occasional piece of dark cobalt blue. Browns range from pale to darkest amber.

To many, these sea glass jewels are as precious as real gems. Some of the glass is very old (such as the almost black olive green of the 17th century bottles from shipwrecks on the Scottish coast). Some of the colors are extremely rare (violet pink – found on Levuka beach, the old capital town of Fiji Islands), and the shapes are designed by a superhuman creative force: Nature.