Authentic sea glass is becoming harder to find these days for several reasons.
The plastics industry now manufactures products that can be substituted for glass and the actual hobby of collecting this rare treasure has become more popular.
Sea glass has acquired a dollar value these days and the popularity of 'fakes' has become more prevalent.
Because this fake product can be made easily and at little expense it is now flooding the market place and causing a problem. However there is no way that these fakes can possibly come close to the the look and feel of genuine sea glass.
For years, sometimes over a hundred, these pieces of glass have been worked on by the chemical action of sea water and sand as they have been tumbled and tossed over and over until they have landed on the shoreline.
Genuine sea glass originates from several different sources and it has taken the partnership of man and nature to start the process. The glass, be it whole or in piece form - a shard, comes from a man made bottle, tableware, crockery or electrical component. This somehow finds its way into the ocean. Be it shipwreck, natural disaster or simply just thrown in, the action on the glass over time produces the end result that a collector now holds in their hand.
The 'fake' shard is manufactured using broken pieces of glass, a rock tumbler and a cutting medium such as silicon carbide, a coarse grit like substance. The result is a smooth edged piece of glass with a frosted surface similar to that of genuine sea glass BUT ... it does not have the deep grooves and 'c' shaped markings of the real thing
If you are in the market to buy genuine sea glass, the best way to do this is to actually communicate directly with the seller. Asking them questions as to the origin of the piece/pieces that you are wanting to purchase, will alert you to its authenticity.
Ask them if they have collected the sea glass themselves. Where did they collect it from and has it been altered in any way that they know of.
If you are satisfied with the answers, then go right ahead and purchase the piece to add to your collection. If you are in the least bit unsure, then maybe ask someone else who is more knowledgeable, to negotiate on your behalf.
Of course there is one way that you will always know that you have genuine sea glass, and that is to collect it yourself.
How is Sea Glass Made, the pieces that you find on the beaches around the world. Authentic, genuine sea glass not fake pieces that have been man made.