Sea Glass Photo Archives
An archive of sea glass photos and comments submitted by readers for the Photo of the Week section.
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The Perfect Present
Tracey: I'm a 20-year Lake Erie collector, but the last few years I've been making trips to California to visit friends and roam the majestic beaches of Northern California. I found this little red beauty on my first trip out, sort of like a welcome gift.
I remember every second of finding it and feeling like a kid on Christmas, getting the best present ever (you know the feeling... the air gets sucked out of your lungs and your eyes pop out!).
I thought this photo of it glowing in the New York snow would be the perfect photo to share with you all for the holiday season!
Journal: What a gem Tracey! Some collectors go through their whole lives without finding a red and you found this beautifully shaped cherry red ruby. No doubt it was a joyous experience.
Kaleidoscope of Colors
Danny Simentales: I've been collecting for only a short while but now it's an avid and daily activity.
I'm lucky to live only 15 minutes (by bike) from the Pacific Ocean!
Journal: You know what they say Danny, "A bad day at the beach is better than a good day at work!"
Keep on pickin'!
St. Lawrence Stylin'
Marie-Louise: I have been collecting sea glass seriously for about a year. Here is a selection of my best finds.
I hope you like them as much as I do.
I will disclose my picking location a beach on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec! Now just go ahead and try to find it!
Journal: We do like your sea glass Marie-Louise. You do find beautiful ocean colored glass.
I wonder how long it would take to walk the shores of the Kaniatarowanenneh... :-)
Pictured are the winners of the sea glass contest at the Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival. The $500 grand prize winner (center) has glass colored flower designs within the shard.
Santa Cruz, Surfboards & Sea Glass
The 2013 Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival was a smashing success. Along with over 40 sea glass and ocean artisans over 2,400 attendees were present to revel in sea glass stories, creations and the wonderful Santa Cruz ambience.
See you all next year!
Sea Glass In Print
Nancy Elliot: I place my finds in an antique printer box that sits on my coffee table so that I can admire all the beautiful pieces from the sea...
Journal: Now this is the type of display that a person in the publishing industry can appreciate!
Laura: I am wondering if you can help me? I found this amazing piece of sea glass. It looks to me like a red glass eye. It is the perfect size and shape for a human glass eye.
I am having trouble researching whether red glass eyes were made for people and thought some of your fans may be able to help with the inquiry.
Maybe someone else has found a similar piece and knows what it is?
Journal: Wow Laura! That's one unusual and interesting find! All I can think of at the moment is that the darker colored section is the remnants of a different colored stem. In which case this sea glass specimen may have come from some type of decorative ware. Or maybe it was a glass eye for some type of sculpture, possibly a wooden horse from a carrousel?
If anyone has an "eye-dea" that will help Laura please visit the Sea Glass Journal's FaceBook Page and leave a comment.
Ariadne, Greece: This gem was found at a beach in Chalkidiki peninsula, an area of sea resorts in Northern Greece near Thessaloniki. I went for a walk with my husband, son and brother's family.
While walking and looking for sea glass on a lovely warm, sunny day my hubby bent down to pick something up. I was eager to see what it was and I jumped for joy when I saw it.
It is my first ever yellow and it was perfect, not at all broken, and so big! I was so happy that I said out loud "You deserve a kiss!" and kissed him.
Every one laughed and he was impressed by the fact that I get so happy with such simple things in life!
Journal: That's a beautiful gem Ariadne! One of the more enjoyable aspects of sea glass collecting are the memories that are attached to our special finds.
Gina Argyrou, Greece: I was so lucky this week to have met a nice Norwegian lady on the beach, here in Rhodes Greece, and we got to talking about sea glass. She is also an expatriate and lives here as I do.
She told me about another wonderful beach on the island, that I did not know about, that has sea glass.
So of course the very next day I hit the road and went there and low and behold I find this treasure of an orange. When held up to the light it has some golden, orange and reddish tint so I think it is amberina! What a thrill!!!
I went back today and found even more beauties.
I now have 3 beaches to hunt my treasures... I am blessed!
Journal: The sea glass gods do favor you Gina! That is a wondeful gem you have found.
Now that you have three beaches to hunt at, how do you decide which to go to? Or do you just spend the whole day visiting all of them?
A before & after pic of a beautiful sun-colored amethyst sea glass gem found around Boston, Massachusetts.
A Treasure Transformed
Christina Kalustian: This beautiful lavender piece was found among the shores of Boston. It almost resembles a heart and is quite frosted. I had it made into a beautiful cuff bracelet by a local artist.
Lavender sea glass is rare and is always a treat to find among these parts of Massachusetts. Most of what we find along the shores is emerald and kelly green, amber, brown, white and coke bottle green. It's always nice when we find those non-traditional colors.
One can only wonder from where this type of glassware might have originated.
Journal: Thanks Christina for sharing the before-and-after photographs of your sea glass gem. It is always a pleasure to see the fantabulous creations the sea glass community transforms their treasures into.
Mark Wadiak shows off a spectacular red sea glass specimen.
A Hidden Treasure
Maryann Wadiak: Sometimes gems are found in the most unlikely places.
My husband Mark and I are enthusiastic sea glass collectors and we enjoy traveling to places near and far in the hopes of finding special treasures. One of the places we go to on the east coast is a waterway located near a retired trash dump.
There is a lot of rubbish to sift through with very few polished pieces. In addition, extra precautions are needed here due to toxins and safety hazards, making the search more laborious and tedious. For these reasons, it is not one of Mark's favorite places.
However, on our most recent excursion, Mark was rewarded with this delightful piece (along with a few other special surprises) causing him to be a bit more enthusiastic about future explorations.
Journal: Wow! That is a keeper!
The allure of sea glass collecting often drives us to explore places that are less than desirable, but sometimes for our efforts, we are rewarded with a special find.
Use prudent judgement, be safe and have fun!
Sea glass enthusiasts enjoying the festival in Cayucos, California.
Cayucos Is Californian for Festival!
On March 9th & 10th, 2013, sea glass craftspeople, sea glass jewelers, artists and collectors descended on the lovely coastal community of Cayucos, California for the third annual Cayucos Sea Glass Festival.
It was a fantabulous success and you can see some of the fun by clicking 2013 Cayucos Slide Show.
Sandy Sea Glass!
Billie Lopez: These pictures are of some lovely seaglass I found in Cocoa Beach, Florida after Hurricane Sandy. Sandy dumped loads of treasures on our beaches and I have combed almost daily since she came through finding more treasures in a week than I have in years.
The wonderful green sea glass heart was almost missed she is so tiny, but at the last minute she spoke to me. I was thrilled to have discovered this little gem, my first ever heart shaped piece of glass.
Journal: Big storms can transform a beach into a treasure trove of sea glass delights Billie. It's obvious you have a sharp eye being able to spot that tiny heart.
Here's hoping you have many days of bountiful sea glass collecting!
Denise Irvine: I have just seen your picture of "The Largest Sea Glass Ever Found" and thought you might like to see an even larger piece.
My piece weighs 5.6 lbs! It is black and very dense so no light can penetrate, but it is probably brown from the colour of the external frosting.
I have previously found sea glass chunks a teal piece weighing 2.0 lbs and a blue piece weighing 1.6 lbs all on the same beach!
Journal: Unbelievable Denise! That is one monster sea glass gem! And to think that you also have others in teal and blue.
When it comes to sea glass hunting, you are certainly a big-game hunter!
Susan Spicer-McGarry: Beach conditions in my area do not produce the beautiful sea glass sought by collectors. Sadly, other good collecting beaches in New Jersey have been lost to beach restoration projects. As a novice collector, it was disappointing to come home with bits of broken glass, only to see the hands full of incredible gems others were finding.
Rather than giving up collecting, I've learned to make the most of my few rare finds with a camera.
This marble was found rolling in the freezing February surf, and quickly named for the planet she resembles, "Venus" has been the subject of several photographic series.
The pink bottle neck (found prior to a restoration project) made the perfect stage for Venus' first photo.
I am having way too much fun with just one marble.
Journal: That's a wonderful artistic touch to the photograph Susan. Getting real close to a piece of sea glass often reveals qualities to the gem that are otherwise overlooked.
Keep up the great work!
Table Worthy Gems!
Dorothy Palmer: This is a table we had a friend build for us to show off the sea glass we collect each day walking the dog on the beach in Madison, Connecticut. We just moved here and have found some beautiful pieces of glass.
All visitors who come for the summer find glass on the beach and each night we determine whether the piece is "table worthy" or not. All the extra sea glass goes in glass vases on the book case. We now have 22 full vases of glass.
It is the most fun and relaxing thing to do and everyone enjoys helping look for that perfect piece.
Journal: What a great looking table Dorothy! And look at all those "table worthy" gems. It's wise to have a goose to guard your glass.
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