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Where Do We Find Our Sea Glass

Sea glass can be found on most every shore in the world. Sue traveled the world in search of the best beach glass.

Sea glass can be found on most every shore in the world. Sue traveled the world in search of the best beach glass. She eventually discovered the small island of Elbow Cay in the Bahamas, and was instantly enchanted with the treasures she found on the island’s pristine beaches. The area is rich in beautiful pieces resultant from the perfect match – raw product from the numerous shipwrecks off of the reefs from the days of Columbus to World War II combined with the action of the soft beach sands of the Caribbean.

We use our boat to explore inaccessible islands and beaches in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas to find sea glass and other treasures capturing the romantic history of Abaco and turn our treasures into jewelry. The Bahamas are made up of more than 700 islands with the world's 4th largest barrier reef system running to about 20 miles south of Elbow Cay, Hopetown, Bahamas where we own an island getaway called The Sea Bean Cottage. Originally populated by British loyalists fleeing the newly independent United States of America in 1785, it has survived on fishing, boat building, and salvage. Its main village of Hope Town surrounds a protected harbor with a noted red and white striped lighthouse built in 1863.

About 5% of the world's coral reefs are located in the Bahamas.  The Abacos' extensive reef system and hundreds of uninhabited cays combine to create one of the world's most exciting boating, diving, snorkeling and treasure hunting  areas.  Elbow Cay is depicted by New-England style architecture and small villages with an old-style Bahamian feel

Today one of the hottest trends in jewelry is the use of genuine  sea glass. While the selection is limited these days, collectors pay big money for the real stuff. How can you tell the difference? The real thing that has been sitting in the sand for years and years has the smoother edges. With heightened environmental awareness and the increased use of plastics, beach glass is becoming much more difficult to find.

Glass is no longer used as it was in the past. Before the mid 1960’s, everything came in glass bottles or jars. Plastic was still a product of the future and recycling was nonexistent. In coastal areas and islands, trash collection was also something that would not begin until the area developed. Coastal residents would bury their trash in the sand or simply toss it in the ocean (thinking the sea was this vast indestructible entity). Today we know and act differently. With the advent of recycling and the wide use of plastic for beverages, sea glass is becoming increasingly harder to find.

Global Administrator | 10/10/2011 9:10:00 AM | 0 comments
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