Sea Glass Jewelry - Beach Found Or Reproduction Sea Glass?

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"Oh my gosh! I love your sea glass jewelry!" Invariably I hear this at each craft show in which I participate. Why is beach glass jewelry an instant hit with show patrons?

I believe that sea glass jewelry reminds us all of a simpler time in our lives when we could spend hours searching the shore for that perfect shell or shark's tooth. The feel of a hunk of found beach glass can whisk us away to a time when relaxation and fun came naturally to us. It helps us re-live childhood memories vacation and summer with our friends.

So what exactly is this wondrous sea glass?

Sea glass is a piece of glass that has been weathered by the surf over time. The waves roll the glass back and forth until you have a frosted smooth morsel of glass. Also known as Beach glass or Mermaid's Tears, it has been found in a wide variety of colors and shapes.

Created mainly from broken bottles and other litter, found beach glass has become increasingly rare in past years. However, the demand for it has increased as these beautiful treasures are being used in more artistic and fashion endeavors. To fill this demand many artists have begun to use reproduction sea glass.

Beach found Glass

Created in the oceans and lakes, this treasure has a frosted smooth appearance from afar. Once you see it up close, you will find that it actually contains tiny deep potholes. These are a key characteristic of beach found glass. You will also find tiny "C"s etched into the glass as well as micro fissures that appear as the glass is toss against rocks and sand.

Another big indicator of found beach glass jewelry is the price. Dealers will charge a lot more for found glass than for reproduction glass.

Reproduction Sea Glass

Typically created in a rock tumbler, these pieces of glass appear silky smooth. From afar, they easily resemble beach glass. However, these pieces will be devoid of the deep potholes, fissures, and "C" markings. Just as beautiful as found glass, reproduction glass allows an artist more flexibility in design.

The most common colors of found beach glass are Kelly green, brown, and white. Due to the rarity among other colors, an artist's color palette may be limited when using found beach glass. Unlike beach found glass, reproduction sea glass gives an artist the freedom to choose the colors wanted in their designs.

Another benefit in using reproduction glass is that artists have the ability to create in duplicate. This allows them to create earring sets that are almost identical in shape.

As I mentioned before, a good indicator of how the glass was created is cost. Costing a fraction of the price of beach found sea glass; reproduction sea glass is truly a very economical and beautiful medium to design timeless jewelry with.

Become an eco-fashion leader, and the envy of your friends, by purchasing and wearing jewelry created from recycled beach glass. Cleaning up the environment in a fashionably green way!

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April Williams is the owner of Eluna Jewelry Designs, widely known for an exquisite selection of gemstone pendants, sterling silver earrings, and reproduction sea glass jewelry. Using beading techniques, wire wrapping, and metalworking, as well as lapidary gemstone cutting, her jewelry designs are uniquely breathtaking. Eluna Jewelry Designs can now be found on Etsy, Facebook, Blogger, and Twitter.

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This article was published on 2010/04/01