People love jewelry. Since the beginning of human history people have been donning all sorts of decorative charms made of a vast array of materials and stones. Today, we are all familiar with precious gems, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and the like. But, if you want something truly unique and different, consider treating yourself to a sea glass necklace.
What is Sea Glass?
Sea glass is formed by bits of discarded glass, that are molded by the movement of water. The most common form of sea glass is the white variety. Created by pieces of clear glass, weathered and tossed by the ocean waves. Green and brown colours are also found more commonly than rare colours, such as red or orange. Orange sea glass is found only about once in every 10,000 pieces. If you ever get the change to own orange sea glass pendants, count yourself very lucky!
The more common colours, brown, white, and green, are actually created from discarded bottles, either thrown overboard or otherwise swept of to sea. That which was once unwanted trash is changed by the sea into beautiful gem like shards. These shards can then be turned into beautiful sea glass necklaces, sea glass rings, or sea glass earrings.
Red and orange sea glass is much rarer than the above mentioned. How many glass objects in those hues can you think of? However, if you are looking for something other than white, brown, or green, luckily sea glass is available in many shades of blue as well. Hues of blue-green and aqua are usually found within every 50 to 100 pieces of seaglass, making them not terribly common, but not absolutely rare either. Colours like that are a popular choice for wedding jewelry. Turquoise is the rarest shade of blue to be found, as it is a a colour not many glass objects come in.
The History of Sea Glass
Ever since humans began making glass, sometime before 2000 B.C. in Mesopotamia, sea glass has existed, and it can be found anywhere in the world. The North American Sea Glass Association became a formally recognized organization back in 2007, and today hosts around 90 members. However, the tradition of making sea glass jewelry goes back thousands of years. Going back hundreds of years ago sea glass was thought to be “mermaid tears”. Pieces that were formed by the weeping of mermaids who would mourn for the sailors who’d died at sea. although today we know this isn’t the case, it’s still a rather poetic way to think about the formation of sea glass.
Where to Find Sea Glass?
If you are looking to make your own sea glass necklace, you’re in luck. Sea glass has the potential to be found wherever there is a body of water. Beach glass, the freshwater cousin of sea glass, can be found along the shores of rivers, fast moving streams, and bays. The stronger the current in the body of water, the higher probability is that you’ll find a piece. If you live along the coastline of the United States, you have miles upon miles of possible shore to stumble upon a piece. Who knows, you might just find a rare colour on a beach near you! But, even if you don’t live on the coast, if you have access to a body of water near you, take a relaxing walk along the shore, you just might get luck and find a unique piece all your own.
Sea glass has many uses in jewelry; from sea glass earrings, to sea glass necklaces and bracelets, and sea glass wedding rings, you can be assured that the piece you’re wearing is specially crafted from the turbulent waves, and is unique to any other piece. Sea glass, though often overlooked in favor of diamonds and other jewels, is a fantastic and distinctive alternative to those more common gems. If you want something that will not only look amazing, but serve as a great conversation piece, look into sea glass jewelry. (Because, you know you deserve it.) Do you already own a special piece of sea glass jewelry? Let us know how much you love it in the comments below!