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Beach Glass: Real or Fake?

Posted by Greg on July 19, 2011

We’ve been lucky enough to visit Glass Beach in Ft. Bragg, California many times. The sand glistens in the morning sun with bits of sea glass and porcelain. What once was trash has been tumbled and made lovely by the rugged coastline and ocean tides. This place, once used for the disposal of unwanted items, is now a treasure beach.

But you know what they say: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

What is it that makes sea glass (aka: beach glass) special to us beachcombers? Actually, it is possible to put your broken glass and broken dishes through a rock tumbler and come up with a similar effect. We have a family member who does just that!

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California (©Jody Diehl)

It really isn’t easy to tell the difference between man-made and ocean-made tumbled glass. With the naked eye, it’s nearly impossible. However, we did find this article on the subject and wanted to share this interesting read with you.

From the article by North Beach Treasures & Peter Messerschmidt:

Within the growing sea glass collector and jeweler community, there is much controversy over– and discussion of– the growing issue and problem surrounding so-called “man made” sea glass.

“The situation: There are companies (and individuals) that will manufacture “sea glass” by putting shards of broken glass into industrial rock tumblers; basically huge versions of what rock hounds use to polish rocks. The result is something that looks like sea glass, but really isn’t… since it has never been in the sea, to begin with. Until recently– because sea glass has only enjoyed such a surge of popularity during the past 5-odd years– this type of “craft glass” was never really seen as much of an issue to worry about.”

Check out the whole story: “The Issue of Natural vs Fake (“Man Made”) Sea Glass

Have a great day at the beach!

(Family Post)

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2 Responses to “Beach Glass: Real or Fake?”

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    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Cheers

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