About Sea Glass
Sea glass (also known as beach glass) is recycled glass that is found on beaches around the world. Typically, the glass comes from old town dumping areas where lots of bottles and other glass were (believe it or not!) just tossed over a cliff somewhere and after many many years, the glass has been broken, and surf tumbled into the gorgeous pieces of glass you see on our site. The sea glass can come from bottles, old railway light lenses, telephone pole tops, jars, plates, windshields, ceramics, stained glass, and other sources. Sea glass takes 20 to 30 years, and sometimes as much as 50 years or more, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape.
Where To Find Sea Glass
Sea glass can be found on many beaches throughout the world. But you don’t find it on many beaches – you have to know where to look.
In Fort Bragg, CA there is a famous “sea glass beach” which is open to the public and has an astonishing amount of sea glass on it. I’ve been there and there are literally millions of pieces of glass there. Most of them are quite small however, and people are discouraged from taking sea glass from the beach. It may even be against the law, I’m not certain, but they do not want to ruin the beach by having it all taken away.
This beach was a former dumping ground for the city of Fort Bragg and I think there was also a bottle factory there many years ago. Between the two of them there was a ton of unwanted glass thrown into the ocean, and over the years, the glass has smoothed and textured into the tiny pieces of glass you can see there today.