Sea Glass by the Seashore

All along the shores of New England, brilliant remnants of antique bottles wash up; softened and frosted by a century or more of pounding waves.  Sea Glass comes in many colors -though I seem to only ever find blue, green, purple, brown, and clear- and its source can often be determined by its hue:

White/Clear: windshields, windows, clear bottles and glasses

Opaque White: milk glass

Brown: beer and coca-cola bottles

Kelly Green: beer and soda bottles

Lime Green: 1960′s soda bottles, baking soda

Amber: old whiskey, medicinal, and bleach bottles

Golden: spirit bottles

Yellow: 1930′s Vaseline containers

Ice Blue: ink bottles, fruit jars (late 19th and early 20th centuries)

Cobalt Blue: poison, Vicks VapoRub, Milk of Magnesia, and Bromo-Seltzer containers

Aqua: Ball Mason jars

Teal: Mateus wine bottles

Turquoise: tableware

Purple: decorative bottles

Pink: Great Depression era plates

Red: Schlitz beer bottles, car tail lights, nautical lights

Orange: household decor (*rarest color)

Black: 18th century gin bottles

*For a more comprehensive look at the origins of sea glass and their corresponding colors, check out this amazing article by By The Sea Jewelry

schlitz red bottle

Schlitz beer bottle (sha.com)

Sea Glass Necklace

Seafoam Fang Necklace by Ecstasea (ectasea on Flickr)

Aqua Sea Glass

(seaglasspr.com)

 

For all those not in New England, don’t fret – sea glass can be found in many parts of the world!  Bermuda, California, northwest England, Mexico, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia, Australia, Italy and southern Spain to name just a few.

Of course, one caveat of saving the environment is that less and less sea glass is turning up since many bottles are now being recycled.  The good news for all of us collectors is that maybe one day, natural sea glass will be currency!  Or at least worth a lot in nostalgia.

Happy hunting.

ps: this post was inspired by a pale aqua tulle skirt that I made recently:

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  1. What gorgeous pastels…. absolutely love them!

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