Finding Glass Beach Glass is found in the sandy deposits of the southern coves in and around MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg. The most famous is Glass Beach , situated inside the park. Getting there is simple enough; just take the wide walking path from the free parking area on Glass Beach Drive.
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Look for a beach with many pebbles and you will likely find sea glass there. The same forces of nature, wind, waves and sand, that break up small rocks also create sea glass . Look for a populated area. The best places to find glass are beaches close to a city or industrial/commercial zone.
NO!! As a State Park, all cultural and natural features are protected. It is ILLEGAL to take the sea glass . over a year ago.
Value is determined by color, size and shape, age, condition and rarity. Multi-colored sea glass and decorative glass , or items like marbles and glass beads, are also highly sought after. The rarest sea glass colors are red and orange. A nice piece of red sea glass is worth more than a hundred white pieces.
Sea glass and beach glass are similar but come from different types of water. ” Sea glass ” is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of salt water. ” Beach glass ” comes from fresh water and in most cases has a different pH balance and a less frosted appearance than sea glass .
No intertidal collecting of mollusks (living shells ) is permitted in California without a fishing license. Consult the current California Fish and Game regulations. In general, there are no restrictions against collecting empty shells from California beaches . However, on some beaches , empty shells may not be collected.
The Seven Ultra Rare Sea Glass Colors Orange is the most rare sea glass color mainly because there was very little orange glass made. Turquoise is the second most rare sea glass color and the rarest type of blue sea glass. Red is the third most rare sea glass color . Yellow is the fourth rarest sea glass color .
While sea glass might not be as easy to find as shells, following the tips and tricks below is a great place to start: Plan to go an hour before or after low tide. Look for a “dirty” beach . Don’t just walk in a straight line. Walk with the sun behind your back. Look ahead, not down. Focus on shell beds. Have patience.
The pitted, frosted surface of genuine sea glass is also a good indicator of age . Rounded edges in combination with the above indicate the glass has been tumbling for quite some time. The color of the sea glass helps to identify its age as some colors were not produced much or at all after a certain period of time.
Try applying baby oil or baby lotion to your sea glass and it will leave the glass with a shiny finish.
“Sweet Home Alabama” did get something right — when super hot lightning (at least 1,800 degrees Celsius/3,272 degrees Fahrenheit) hits sandy beaches high in silica or quartz, it fuses the sand into silica glass beneath the ground. That means you can actually dig up petrified lightning if you know where to look.