Bottles, Jars, Glasses! Oh My!

White, Green and Brown Sea Glass

Previously, I shared what sea glass is and how it’s formed. In light of the 1st Campobello Island Sea Glass festival, I thought I would share more detail on the the most common colours you will find along most coastlines. Those colours being white (clear), green or brown, it only makes sense to start with where these gems originated.

Green Sea Glass, frosted from years of tumbling in the salt waters of the Bay of Fundy.

Most sea glass comes from old broken bottles that have found their way into the ocean currents. Before the mid 20th century when plastics became the container of choice, glass was the main method of storing and transporting liquids and other goods. Various bottles would be formed for everything from milk jugs to beer/ medicine bottles.

Ferry Landing on Campobello Island, New Brunswick.

White, Green and Brown sea glass are undoubtedly the most common colours found on beaches, but that doesn’t mean each varied shade doesn’t have a story, some value and character.

Just because it is common doesn’t mean it’s not special. The easiest colour for glass makers to create, long before automated bottle machines was Kelly Green. The mix of minerals was readily available and it filtered some of the light that could spoil liquids being stored in the glass vessels.

Special markings, letters, embossing or even shapes ( think heart shaped) can make a common piece of Kelly Green sea glass and make it so much more special.

“MAD NADA” or Made in Canada, with the soft edged bottle neck in the foreground. The beauty of these pieces comes from so much more than the simple colours. They have stories. Each Piece has tumbled around in the waves for decades to wash up soft and frosted with the marks of a great adventure.

Brown Sea Glass in various hues

Brown sea glass comes from mainly bottles produced for beer, liquors, wines, medicines, and other liquids that would spoil when exposed to sunlight.

White Sea Glass some with ridges from being a bottle’s edge.

White or Clear sea glass, can come from a number of sources, such as mason type jars, windows, mirrors, beverage glasses to name a few.

While out walking the beaches, searching for those special pieces, and come across any of these three colours, take a moment to take a closer and see if you can find it’s story. It may be that special gem you’re looking for! ❀

Published by eastcoastseagems

This is my story of how the love of family, friends, the peacefulness of the Beach and a little piece of forgotten glass thrown away so many years ago helped me to find a joy & purpose again; how I found a love of life and living again after many years in the darkness of Chronic illness, Depression and Loss.

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