Sea Glass ~ Trash or Treasure?
The phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” takes on a whole new meaning when speaking about Sea Glass. Sea glass actually begins its life as a piece of litter. It is created and made smooth by waves and currents of water after years of being thrown and tumbled around. It takes about 7-10 years to create a quality piece. The possibilities and varieties of sea glass that can be discovered on the beach are endless! It just depends on what kind of glassjar or bottle was thrown in the water a few years earlier.
There are actually two types of sea glass. The term “sea glass” actually refers to a piece of glass that was transformed by salt water. The term “beach glass” refers to a piece that was found in fresh water. Glass actually begins to dissolve in salt water which gives sea glass the foggy satin-like finish.
Sea glass can be used in a variety of ways. One of the most popular ways that people use it is to transform it into a piece of jewelry. Jewelers create custom pieces featuring sea glass all the time. Artists also use sea glass in mixed media creations, sculptures, or in mosaics. You can also just collect sea glass and admire it as you remember an adventure or family trip. If you are lucky enough to find a red piece of sea glass, hold onto it because these are a very rare find!
Scotland Yards Beach Rentals are located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. It is an amazing place to hunt for sea glass. Back in the day, ships used to throw all of their trash overboard and the Chesapeake Bay was a popular place for ships to anchor out and do this. Give us a call to book your stay today so you can collect some of our sea glass and create memories of your own in Scotland Yards!
~ Special Thanks to Valerie Dyson