Sea Glass Blog

Unpacking and Cleaning Greek Sea Glass

Our six week trip this year to Greece brought us home with 11 Kilos or approximately 24lbs. of sea glass.

As the photos show, I bring the sea glass back in plastic bags and then roll them in bubble wrap and neatly put them in my checked bag. I have a rule with our Greek travels. Since we own a flat  whatever I bring to Greece stays in Greece, so this gives me the luxury of returning with an empty suitcase.

After unpacking the glass see our photos, I fill a small bucket with plain white vinegar the cheaper the better, and a small amount of warm water and whatever dish detergent you prefer. I allow it to soak for about an hour or so, I then rinse it with warm water and we are ready to start the tedious process of sorting, a great Winter project. Note that I do the soaking in small batches, as I like to sort my sea glass wet, and I use a white towel and plenty of good light as this will help to show the true colors of the sea glass. As in the past I confused many red with brown only to find them later mixed in.

I will have more photos in a few days of my progress.


New Year Resolutions

I cannot speak for you but every year I make new year resolutions, but ahhh I never seem to keep them. One of them is to keep up with this sea glass blog, well here I am but please don't judge me, cause chances are it will not be a resolution kept....:) The truth is I really enjoy writing but keeping up with it is another thing.

Most people think running a sea glass website is fun and just sit back and sell your sea glass jewelry in your pajamas. I will admit it is great not leaving the house to go out and work everyday, as I did that for years. But, just like any job it is hard work and I try and treat just like the brick and mortar flower shoppe I ran for many years

This week I am gearing up and designing  new sea glass jewelry for Valentine's Day, cleaning up the website and adding new product.

I wish you luck on your New Year resolutions this year and if you see me here more often you will know I stuck with mine!

See you soon



Our 2017 Sea Glass Year

Well here we are the end of 2017.

We feel fortunate as we have had a good year here at Sea Glass Jewels and Co. Our first year in our new home in Delaware. It allowed us to do a few more Sea Glass shows, expand our studio and spend sometime collecting sea glass not only here in Delaware, but in my home state of New Jersey as well. We also spent 6 weeks in Greece (our other home) collecting some fabulous pieces of sea glass and that will be the January project now that the Christmas rush is over. I  bring the sea glass home in zip locks wrapped in bubble wrap in my suitcase, so far I have never been questioned about it, although I have been holding my breath for the last 17 years that I have been bringing it back. It needs to be unwrapped, cleaned in a mix of water and white vinegar and then sorted by color and then re-sorted and re-sorted by size and quality. My next blog will include photos of this process.

Our hope for everyone is a healthy and happy 2018!

See you soon


My Pet Peeve (or just plain venting)

By nature I am (or I try not to complain) as I have a great life and by nature a very happy person.

But when I see people on the web just blatantly selling fake sea glass it just ticks me off.

Here is an instance, there is a person on Amazon off all places (we are talking big time selling now) who is selling "sea glass" jewelry. It is totally fake even to the untrained eye, and yet there is not a place on her description that says it is made made. She claims to have found it in Hawaii, IMPOSSIBLE!  It is totally fake and tumbled....

One day in a fit of rage, I wrote to her and questioned her saying something like you would not sell cubic zirconium as a certified diamond, would you? Never got a response. Go figure?

Then I wrote to Amazon and told them that there was a fake product on their site, no response go figure?

This is not my first time calling out fake sea glass, can I police the web and call out every piece of fake sea glass out there? Well, no even in my rage I am well aware that I cannot.

So what is the answer? are a few tips when purchasing loose sea glass or sea glass jewelry.

1) If the price is too good to be true, just like most things in life you know there is something wrong with it. An average piece of genuine red sea glass pendant size will not be under a $100 these days from a reputable sea glass seller.

2) Most people are buying on line these days, so I can understand how it would be hard to tell from a photo. But genuine sea glass will not be clear when held to the light, it will have pitted markings similar to the letter C. So always check your return policies when purchasing.

3) Yes, you can see with my earrings that I do match my pieces, but they are never perfect. It is extremely rare (almost impossible) to find two perfect square pieces of sea glass. This is a tell tale sign.

I will continue this Education discussion at a later date, as I feel passionately and very strongly about genuine sea glass, and the people who sell fake sea glass and do not disclose it to their clients.

Rant over, (for now) thanks for listening :)


The Sea Glass Life Just Flies By....

Hard to believe half of 2017 is over...I know the old saying "seems like it was just Christmas" well really wasn't it?

Many new things happened for us this year, we moved from the Florida Keys to lower Delaware, slower lower they call it, and in some ways it does have the Keys feeling, people are nice and friendly for sure, we are still by the water and there are many SEA Glass Lovers here!

New house means a new studio, it took 15 home depot buckets just to move all the sea glass we have collected through the years, most of it brought home in suitcases from Greece and some from California. But the new studio is organized, bright and we even picked the color sea glass for the wall without realizing it, just meant to be....

Being in Delaware has allowed us to spread our wings a bit and do a few shows. In April we were in St. Michael's for the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Art Festival, a great show with Kim at the helm, we saw a lot of old friends and made a lot of new ones as well.

In May we drove up to New Hampshire for The Northeast Sea Glass Expo. Debbie is a lovely person who made the festival run smoothly. Again we met and saw so many old and new friends a wonderful time a hoping to go back again next year.

Now we are getting ready for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, June 24th and 25th. For the last 8 years we have packed up the car and drove the 25 hours to be here for this fabulous show. This year it is a 15 minute drive and this is a really good thing. We always look forward to seeing so many of you at this show.

Well that is it for this time, need to get to the studio as time is just flying by........

All the best



Day 4

So sorry we missed a few days and a few islands. We have been in the islands of Aegina and Poros. Two lovely island in the Saronic. We are now in Hydra one of my personal favorites as there are no cars or motorbikes. Donkeys are still the main transportation on this magical island and the streets are lined in marble.  


We leave tomorrow for the island of Kea this is where the sea glass collecting begins.  

Our Greek Sea Glass Adventure

We are currently in Greece. Preparing to take a sailboat for a month through the Aegean Sea. With my husband at the helm, a Captain here in Greece for more than 40 years it will be an adventure.

Of course our main goal is to collect sea glass but there is something here in Greece that just touches your soul. You may not realize it a first as you are still in the USA state of mind, running, shopping, texting, but after a few days on the boat you begin to change, life becomes brighter, slower, your mind begins to wind down and your heart and soul are held captive by the beauty of this fabulous country.

My plan is to take you with us, now don't hold it against me if I do not keep up, as I said we are still outside of Athens in our home at the moment. And here in Voula it is not so different as you might think from the good ol' USA, it is when you arrive on the islands that the magic happens!

So here is an invite to follow us on our SEA GLASS journey through the Greek Islands.

Welcome aboard and see you soon!



We made it through the long Winter!

Seems unbelievable that I have not written our blog since December and now Summer is a month away....

We are busy preparing for our largest show of the year (we only do two) in Lewes Delaware June 28th and 29th. If you have never visited Lewes it is a charming town with flowers in bloom and the scent of the ocean in the air.

The Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival is an eclectic mix of sea glass lovers and designers, outside in the fresh air always a fun and successful day for us.

It is a time when we get to launch our new sea glass jewelry line as our pieces evolve and change constantly.  It is the same with our website, I bore easily and am always looking for new ideas and designs.

Hope to see you in Delaware and please come by and say hello!



Below are just a few of our new designs



Sea Glass Holiday Greetings

Don't the Holidays seem to come faster and faster each year?

They say as you grow older time flies faster and faster, well I am 55 now and cannot imagine the years going any faster than they are now!

Growing up in New Jersey Christmas meant a lot to me. We were lucky enough to be able to take the train to NYC to see the tree in Rockefeller Center every year and the Rockette's Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall. Chilly days and snowy nights it was easy and fun to get into the spirit. Big thanks to world wide web where you can download a photo of anything including the tree in Rockefeller Plaza.

Now living in the Florida Keys has a lot of wonderful benefits, beautiful weather, sunny skies, fresh air and gorgeous turquoise waters. The only drawback is that none of these things have anything to do with Christmas. We have to work a little harder here to get into the spirit of the season.

But we do...We always have a fresh Christmas tree in our home even if we have to keep the air conditioning on to keep it fresh, we participate in boat parades and insist on wearing Santa hats and scarfs with our bathing suits.

The Christmas tree below filled with sea glass and starfish depicts our Christmas's these days.

From our Sea Glass Studio here at Sea Glass Jewels and Company we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Much thanks for your support and patronage during this year we could not continue to do what we love without you!

All the best,










How to Design Using Sea Glass

So for our final chapter in the How to of Sea Glass we will discuss

How to Design Using Sea Glass. 

I consider myself very fortunate that my design talent is a gift.

I was born into a family of creative people and was allowed to express myself creatively as a child. I was a floral designer for many years with my own business, so the transition to sea glass designing came very to easy to me as I am totally self taught.

We all have a creative side within us, and of course art is interpretation so leave yourself open for creativity.

Maybe you love your sea glass and just want to display it in a cool bowl or container, this is a design in itself.

Perhaps you would like to become more serious and begin to drill your sea glass or wire wrap your sea glass for jewelry.

Drilling can be very tricky and I have found a link for you here to get you started


Jewelry Making Journal has some great articles and courses a great reference for beginner designers.

Maybe you are against drilling and would like to wrap your sea glass here is a simple video to get you started.

Of course the possibilities are endless with designing.

Make yourself aware and study colors, textures and balance.

It can take time and patience.  Do not be afraid to browse the web for ideas, and then make them your own.

All and all if you love your work it will show in the end product, so relax take a breath and get started!

This ends our How to Series please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions, I am very open to helping people that are looking to begin a career in sea glass.







One of our drilled and hand wired sterling silver charm bracelets





Determining the Value of Sea Glass

Continuing with

 "How to Series of Sea Glass" 

We will discuss how to determine the value of sea glass. 

By now you have collected, cleaned and sorted your sea glass, and you maybe wondering how to determine the value.  Color, shape, size and markings on the sea glass are big factors.

Sea glass is also priced by grade,

Jewelry grade = perfect pieces without chips and heavy frost

Craft grade = chipped pieces or not cooked without heavy frost



It is obvious rare colors such as red, orange and yellow are the most valuable. These pieces can demand hundreds of dollars.

 When producing these colors an element called gold chloride is used. It contains gold so naturally it makes these colors both rare and expensive.

These colors were never massed produced in the United States, hence making them a difficult find for the sea glass collector.

Marbles, bottle stoppers, insulators any glass object that is still in tact can also be in high demand and are valuable.

Blacks, depression glass (usually pastels), carnival glass, milk glass, multi color English sea glass are rare finds and can demand high prices.

Blue, turquoise, citron, peach, lavender, purple and aqua are also sought after pieces that can demand high prices. The list can go on, just keep in mind if the piece is perfect and without flaws it is considered valuable in today's market.

Because common colors as green, white and brown are still in mass production today it makes these pieces less valuable, but again some of these pieces maybe unusual shapes and sizes adding to the value.

To put an actual price on a piece of sea glass is really quite difficult.

There is not a set market in the world as with gems.

For some serious collectors as myself I have pieces in my private collection that are priceless to me...and I could never sell them.

If you are serious about selling your collection, my suggestion would be to surf the web and compare the prices of loose sea glass.

Now with jewelry designs with sea glass it is a whole different ball game.

Look for our next blog last of the series

"How To Design With Sea Glass"























How To Sort, Clean and Care for Sea Glass

Okay, so by now you have found your favorite hidden collecting spot for sea glass.

The next steps can be tedious for some, but the process is an important one.

Just stop and think about the sea glass that you have picked up. It really is trash no matter how we think of it.

If you are lucky enough you have found a dumping ground, or even a deserted beach where people run their dogs, or any beach for that matter the sea glass has had an unknown journey. So, with that in mind it is in need of a good disinfecting before you go any further.

We choose to use a bucket filled with white vinegar and a touch of water. Let the sea glass soak a minimum of 2 hours and then rinse with plain water.

The white vinegar is an inexpensive way to clean the sea glass naturally without any harsh detergents, and it works. You can find it in hardware stores in a gallon size or at your local grocery store.

For any tar or stains that I find on the sea glass I use Goo gone, a staple in our home it is a wonder product that you can also find in your local hardware store.

From there I sort right from the bucket so the glass is still wet when I begin the process. I sort onto a white towel to allow the sea glass to dry. I use white because now the color sorting will begin and the colors will show through on a white background.

We are fortunate to live in a place that has an abundance of sunshine all year long. You really need natural light to sort your colors properly, so find a place next to a window if you cannot sort outside.

This is where we all find our own comfort zone, as their is really no specific way to sort.

I personally start by colors, sorting them into piles, but pulling any unusual pieces out that have writing on them or that are really unusual.

Keep in mind I am a designer so I know that I will be using these pieces for my jewelry. So sizing will come next, pendant sizes, earring sizes and so on. Have you ever noticed how many triangles shapes there are? These have to be matched for earrings a very tedious process similar to doing a jig saw puzzle. From there I keep a large board with the matched pieces that goes on to the next process of drilling.

We will discuss this process further down the road in another how to blog.

At this point you may want to fill your favorite bowl or jar with your sea glass and just enjoy it!

For some, the frosted dehydration look of the sea glass is perfect. For others they may want to see a shinier finish. Try applying baby oil or baby lotion to your sea glass and it will leave the glass with a shiny finish.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at

Our next how to blog will be determining the value of sea glass.

Sorting through sea glass colors

Sorting through sea glass colors

Sorting sea glass is a never ending task

Sorting sea glass is a never ending task

The How To's Of Sea Glass Series


My next few blog post will be a series of the how to's of sea glass.

Let's start at the begining

"How To Collect Sea Glass"

Any shore line will do, whether it be an Ocean, Sea, Lake or Bay.

So gather your beach towel, or your hat and gloves and let's take a stroll.

I know most of us enjoy walking and spending time on sandy white beaches.

Unfortunately, sandy beaches are not the best places to find sea glass.

An ideal location is an old garbage dump. Back in the day before restrictions, cities used the ocean to dump household refuge.

Check out the history of your local town and find out if there was ever was such a place.

Rough edged glass needs rocks or pebbles to act as a natural tumbler. This tumbling action smoothes the glass edges, resulting in the sea glass that we so acquire.

Wind and tides play a big part in successful collecting.

One of our best collecting places faces north, and when the wind is strong it will force the sea glass to the shore. These days are like hitting the jackpot.

Of course, after large storms when the sea is rough is an ideal time to collect.

Low and negative tides are ideal times to collect.

Here is a website with the tides for the entire world.

If you live in an area that is brimming with people in the summer, it is worth your while to bundle up and hit the winter months when you have the beaches to yourself.

It is worth doing some research before you head out on the hunt.

All in all, sea glass collecting should be a fun and exciting day.

What else can you do that is free, rewarding, healthy with an almost medicinal quality?

Best of luck on your sea glass adventures!


One of our collecting places in Greece, notice the pebbles on the beach.

One of our collecting places in Greece, notice the pebbles on the beach.

A small rocky shoreline in the Greek Islands, ideal for collecting.

A small rocky shoreline in the Greek Islands, ideal for collecting.

Next time:

How to clean, sort and care for sea glass

The Old and The New Year

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I guess for most of us the New Year is a time to reflect on the past year and start a new with resolutions, aspirations and goals.

As I reflect on 2012, the first thing that comes to my mind is how fast it flew by. And how things happen for a reason. I spent almost the entire summer on the New Jersey shore this year, the first time in over 10 years. Of course, not knowing what was to come by the end of October and that I would never see my beloved home state in the same way again.

But, I have also witnessed a lot of positive that has come out of it as well. So many people helping other people. It inspired us to design our Restore The Shore Pendant available on our website with part of the proceeds going to a wonderful organization.

Please check them out they are doing wonderful things.


A close friend of mine started a Facebook page

Jersey Shore Gives Back

please check her page out, she is doing amazing things to help people through this tragedy.

So with the negative comes a swarm of positive and this is life.

Happy and Healthy New Year Everyone! Christeena

Our next few blogs will be a series of

"Sea Glass How To"

Christmas Memories

Born in the late fifties in New Jersey, my Christmas memories start in the 60's.

Traditions held strong in our family, I am the sixth of seven children. Our family home was on a dead end street on what had been an apple farm, in what was considered  a country bumpkin town at the time.

Life was magical, especially Christmas.

My oldest  brother was extremely talented and was studying Interior Design at the time. (He went on to have a fabulous career) We would wait with baited breath for our Mother's birthday to arrive on the 14th of December so the decorating could begin. And so it did, from a fake cardboard fireplace to Santa Clauses in every shape and size, to the manger with a crib that sat empty until Christmas Day.

The tree itself was never decorated until Christmas Eve. Coming from an Italian heritage my Mother would make the traditional seven fishes dinner.

The four younger children including myself  were sent to bed early with a promise that Santa would arrive in the morning. The other three would attend midnight mass returning home at 1:00am. We would then be awoken with cheers that Santa had arrived, and down we would come in the middle of the night to find bicycles, dolls, and every latest toy on the market.

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Imagine just how exciting this was for us. I feel fortunate and grateful that I have these memories.

Photo: Me and my siblings, Christmas 1961

These days my husband and I live in the Florida Keys at Christmas time. We have had to make our own traditions.

Far from the cold days of December, we attend boat parades, decorate palm trees and use shells and starfish for our tree ornaments.

Different yes, but no matter what age or where you are Christmas is still a magical time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Couldn't resist adding this sea glass wreath.

Couldn't resist adding this sea glass wreath.

Sea Glass; The Top 10 Reasons We Are Obsessed?

1.  Sea Glass is becoming rarer and rarer as plastic takes over the world,

and as humans we always want what we cannot have.

2. As a recycled product, sea glass is considered green and this is something that we all need to become more obsessed with.

3. Coastline people have always been beachcombers so they have been obsessed with collecting before green was in.

4. Sea glass has become quite the commodity, and money drives people to obsession.

5. For artisans, the obsession with sea glass lies in the love of working with a recycled medium in unusual colors and shapes.

6. Let's face it, sea glass collecting is not only good exercise but it is relaxing and rewarding.

7. The mystery and the history.

8. Everyone of us has a hoarder of some sort inside of us.

9. The idea of finding the ultimate piece, and then after we find it, just finding the next ultimate piece, and the next.....

10. It just makes us happy!

Photo: CH Minopetros 10/12

Photo: CH Minopetros 10/12


I write this with a heavy and guilty heart knowing my family, friends, home state and our East Coast neighbors are suffering from the affects of Sandy.

We flew in from Greece that Wednesday to New Jersey and left quickly to return to our home in the Florida Keys to beat the hurricane. Which is ironic as the islands that we live on here in the Keys are usually the most vulnerable to hurricanes. Should we have stayed??

This has turned out to be the kind of tragedy that is just inconceivable. I have asked myself this week over and over has this really happened? The devastation is hard to comprehend.

I was born in New Jersey, and lived in the town on Sea Bright for 15 years. The thing that I loved about going back there was that Sea Bright was one of the few towns that had not changed since I was a child, as small fishing village with building restrictions.

That has all changed now. The town is unrecognizable.

I have memories from most towns and villages up and down the Jersey Shore. Our summers were spent on Long Beach Island, my Godmother lived in Seaside Heights and on and on.

Seeing the devastation on television here is just hard to comprehend.

They say things happen for a reason and this was the first summer in 13 years that I spent on the New Jersey Shore, I feel fortunate I got to see it for the last time.


This is my old beach in Sea Bright. I took these pictures last August.


I have spent a lot of time defending my state in the last 13 years, people just don't understand how really beautiful it is. And they will never understand just how strong people from New Jersey are. I have no doubt that they will rebuild their homes and lives.

But the sad thing is that if you have never experienced the Jersey Shore, you can just never understand how quaint and gorgeous it was.

With love and hope for all the people of the East Coast that have lost so much.