"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"