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Authentic Beach Collected Sea Glass, Pottery and Artifacts from the Pacific Northwest
Sea Glass for Sale
In my 40-odd years of beach combing, it goes without saying that I have collected a fairly large volume of sea glass. Periodically, I offer some of the "excess" for sale to collectors, jewelry makers, artists and crafts people.
Most of these pieces (often as "lots" and "collections") are offered through auctions on eBay, as well as through my two online sea glass shops on eBay and Etsy. In the future, I may also add a selection of sea glass to purchase, directly from this web site.
All the sea glass I offer for sale is listed with large clear photographs and detailed descriptions, so you can be assured that you'll receive exactly what you expected.
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My Pledge to You:
All the sea glass I sell is NATURAL BEACH PICKED SEA GLASS, predominantly collected in the US Pacific Northwest.
I do NOT trade in so-called "man made" seaglass, nor do I "alter" or "help" my found sea glass through additional tumbling or chemical alterations. Everything is sold "as found."
Finally, I do not engage in "photo trickery" to make glass look like something it is not. The glass is not oiled or sprayed with mist to look brighter for photography. The whitish "frosting" you see on the glass is the natural patina that results from being tumbled by waves, combined with tiny salt crystals left behind after the ocean water dried.
A few words about grading sea glass
When you look at the for sale listings, you will find different kinds of sea glass lots. There will be better individual pieces for collectors, groups of "sized and graded" glass assembled for jewelry makers, as well as more general mixed crafts lots. A lot of attention is paid to making sure glass is accurately described and graded-- so what exactly does "grading" sea glass mean?
The top quality rating is Premium Jewelry A+/A/A- grade. Pieces can be expected to be fully frosted with no chips or cracks; they will smoothly rounded on all sides (although some "bay glass" may include angular shapes), and have no irregular surface marks of consequence. At most, you will find a few of the natural "C" marks found on surf tumbled sea glass. This type of glass is perfect for jewelry makers who want the highest quality of authentic sea glass with no waste. About 1-in-15 pieces I find qualify for this quality classification.
Good Jewelry B+/B grade is the smoothly frosted, high quality sea glass used by most jewelry makers. This is some of the best natural seaglass, but some pieces may have trivial blemishes. Generally very workable for making jewelry, since the small internal flaws, odd shapes, tiny scratches and little shiny dimples can easily be hidden by mounts or bezels. No major flaws, no fresh breaks, no distracting dark inclusions.
The next quality level I call Jewelry/Mosaic B-/C+ grade. These pieces are generally nicely frosted, but will have an assortment of small flaws and/or rough spots. For the most part, the "problems" will be on the edge of the piece, not on the flat side... making it possible for a skilled jeweler to hide any edge flaws with bezels; otherwise the glass is ideal for mosaic making.
Finally, there is Mosaic/Crafts C/C- grade. Whereas these aren't exactly "junk lots" (pieces are still pretty well frosted and rounded) this is a somewhat more rustic or rough grade of sea glass. Typically, I sell very little of this glass, choosing instead to throw it back into the ocean. However, a few pieces do make it through, and eventually I'll accumulate enough to offer a few "by the pound" lots.
Anything below a "C-" grade is automatically returned to the ocean to be tumbled for a few more years. Typically, lower grades have major fresh breaks, large inclusions, very light (premature) frosting or some other major problem which-- at least to MY thinking-- makes it unsuitable for jewelry or crafts. I'd rather throw it back, and allow future generations of beach combers to enjoy finding it, a few decades from now.