What is Sea Glass?

What is sea glass?

Sea glass is a stunning combination of nature and man. It is formed from bottles, jars and glass that have been tossed out to sea, then tumbled by the ocean to create gems of all different colors that will eventually wash up onto shore. Unlike traditional gems, sea glass is made in reverse as it is originally made by man and transformed into smoothed out frosted glass worn by the waves.

At Our Boat House, we love to incorporate sea glass into home decor. Whether it's adding sea glass aquas, blue and greens through throw pillows, wall decor or our best selling sea glass balls. These coastal hues evoke a serenity that can only be found by the sea. 

How long does it take for sea glass to be formed?

It usually takes up to 20-40 years for sea glass to transform into the characterized shape, texture and color. The slickness of the glass will eventually wear away and the sharp edges will become rounded after many years of being tumbled in the ocean waves.

Where does sea glass come from?

Most sea glass originates from bottles but can also be from glass jars, pottery, windshields or windows, the source of origin determines the color of the sea glass. Most common or brown, green, white and clear. The less common colors include jade, amber, blue, light green and the rarest is orange or red.

Sea glass is becoming increasingly less popular due to all of the plastics we use and the recycling of glass/aluminum. Now that society is more contentious of mother earth and the ocean it’s becoming hard to find a beach scattered with sea glass.

Are there different types of sea glass?

Every single piece of sea glass is unique to itself, that’s what makes it so special! You can sometimes find bigger pieces like a bottle top of a beer bottle or the bottom round of a bottle.

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