The best place to search for sea glass in the UK is a small town called Seaham on the North Sea coast. I've never been but it is definitely somewhere to head for. One place I have been to many times is The Isle of Wight and this is another good place to search, particularly around the easterly edge of Sandown and Lake.
Fort Bragg, California
Glass Beach is adjacent to MacKerricher State Park and is one of three beaches in Fort Bragg that were official dumpsites in the 1940s. As a result, this is the sea glass beach, probably the best and most unique in the world. Basically, the entire beach is made up of sea glass instead of sand.
Seaside souvenir no-nos
The Coast Protection Act of 1949 made it illegal to remove natural materials such as these from any UK beach. The law is there to protect Britain's beaches from erosion and encroachment by the sea, so it's in all our interests to help.
All the beach glass at Charmouth is very old. The broken pieces have been churning around in the surf and the stones for decades or even centuries. The result is a smooth pearly finish that makes even glass that was originally plain and clear look attractive.
Seaham's Sea Glass is likely to have come from two sources. One of these sources was The Candlish Bottle Works at Seaham and was once the biggest producers of glass in Europe and manufactured glass between 1850 and 1923. The waste glass or 'end of day' glass was thrown into the sea (very naughty Victorians !).
Seaglass can be found internationally however the best known hotspots for collectors are California, Mexico, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia, Australia, Italy and Southern Spain but if you want to get really serious you need to head to Bermuda where there are some of the most incredible Seaglass blanketed beaches in ...
Youre most likely to find sea glass if your beachcombing explorations are well planned out. Going an hour before or after low tide is ideal when looking for sea glass. Seasoned beachcombers will tell you that the winter months are an especially prime time to look.
The best spot to find it in Brighton is along the stretch from Shoreham Port to Hove. Again in close proximity to a harbour. Much of our local Sea glass is not as smooth as that of Seaham.
The East Neuk (the area around Fife, Scotland), according to Nicole, is a mecca for sea glass lovers from all over the world. Each winding beach of the peninsula is vastly different from each other. One may have massive chunks of sea glass, another might have pottery, and a different one may have plastic.
Marazion Beach, located in Mount's Bay near Penzance, is a great beach for finding sea glass. You can find lots of beautiful sea glass pebbles in this area, particularly to the left of the beach, by the rockpools. Sea glass often gets washed ashore on Marazion Beach, along with beautiful shells.
Popular places in England among sea glass hunters include Charmouth Beach and Lulworth Cove. Both located on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Both places are beautiful to visit and regularly cited online as ideal locations for sea glass hauls.
The riverside beach is great for sea glass, shells and other natural treasures. The seaward beach is where we hunt for fossil sharks' teeth. This walk is not suitable for very young children or those with limited mobility. Come on a Felixstowe beachcomb instead.
Since sea glass comes from the ocean, it's more likely to have a frosted look. In contrast, beach glass tends to look shinier and less frosted, as it develops in freshwater that's less salty.
Search for sea glass on either of these and you will find upwards of 10,000 listings offering sea glass for sale. Make no mistake, sea glass is a commodity. It has real value, with some individual pieces selling for up to $1,000 and more. Many factors must be present to sell sea glass for top dollar.
And yet, as a perfect balance between white and black, and so rare that you might only find a true gray one in every 3,000 to 5,000 pieces, it is still a delight to find, whether it is your first gray or your hundredth.
Another extremely rare colour of sea glass is deep purple, or dark amethyst. This colour sea glass is made with the addition of manganese oxide. Depending on where it is found in the world, the finding ratio is approximately 1:5000.
That telltale "c" is visible to a very strong naked eye, but better seen with enlargement. Fake sea glass is often found to be thick and chunky, with betraying cut marks where a machine has broken the glass. It will not have the proper frosted appearance to signify its time in the water.
Today, Viridian is Australia's largest provider of glass and the only Australian manufacturer of float glass and hard coat performance products. The company has operations in New Zealand and has some export to Asia.
The frosted piece of glass is 12 inches high and 64 inches around. It's the largest sea glass on record, according to the magazine story. The piece weighs 275 pounds and measures about 12 inches high and 64 inches around.
Adding a bit of oil (any kind will work—baby, coconut, mineral, and so on) to your frosty sea glass will bring out the color and take away a bit of the frost. Some collectors and artists like it and some prefer the natural frosty look of sea glass.
Seaham is a small coastal town in the North East of England not far from Sunderland and Newcastle in Durham County, famed for its glass making history. Though glass making in England could date back to the Romans, glass dating from the mid 1800's is a more likely source for this amazing English sea glass.