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The History of Cairns

The History of Cairns

The sea glass stack, while wildly popular and pleasing to look upon when the light and colors and glass work so harmoniously together, is actually just another form of the ancient practice of stone stacking. It’s a form of a cairn. From the Gaelic ‘càrn’, […]

Destination: Beach Glass — Seaham, England

Destination: Beach Glass — Seaham, England

Visitors to Seaham and its beaches are often on a pilgrimage. Seaham is a bucket list destination for visitors who come from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, and even Australia. It is not unknown for a regular visitor to buy a property in the […]

Genuine vs. Fake

Genuine vs. Fake

As sea and beach glass becomes more and more a “vanishing gem,” it was only inevitable that fake glass would make an appearance. It’s been around for a while, used mainly as home décor and aquarium filler, and marketed as such—imitation sea glass. Glassers haven’t […]

The Very First Beachcombers

The Very First Beachcombers

beach·comb·er ˈbēCHˌkōmər noun: beachcomber; plural noun: beachcombers; 1. a vagrant who makes a living by searching beaches for articles of value and selling them. 2. a person who searches beaches for useful or interesting items. The term “beachcomber” as we know and use today originally […]

Beachcombing and Ocean Conservation

Beachcombing and Ocean Conservation

For those who love beachcombing, efforts to protect the ocean that is the very source of our treasure is often close to our hearts. Many of those who collect sea glass, shells, and other beach finds also carry a separate bag for picking up marine […]

The Lost Colony (Found?)

The Lost Colony (Found?)

Archaeologists Find New Clue to Perhaps the Oldest Missing Persons’ Case in America It might be considered the second attempt to colonize America. In 1584 England’s Queen Elizabeth I granted Sir Walter Raleigh a charter to establish a colony in the North America. Proclaiming the […]

Color: Sea Foam

Color: Sea Foam

Old Coke Bottles, Ball canning jars, vintage baking soda jars, and ink bottles made during the late 1800s in the United States and up until the first few decades of the 20th century were often light green, or sea foam glass. However, glass experts do […]

Every Piece Has a Story

Every Piece Has a Story

While I adore my beach glass and its history, I am particularly fond of beach pottery—including earthenware, stoneware and porcelain – those little remains of someone’s genteel kitchen, maybe once part of a summer outdoor luncheon, or afternoon tea in days gone by. Truth be told, it is […]

Piddocks– Just What are They?

Piddocks– Just What are They?

  Just one pebble with a hole in it you could probably accept as a happy stroke of luck – but there were many more!   Some had just one hole, beautifully drilled and smooth on the inside, just wide enough to put your little […]