Glass Beach In California The Story Of Trash To Treasure

Yup, it’s the Glass Beach, California. The pounding surf has literally smoothened out man’s mistake. It’s said that, in 1949 people from the town would come there and dump their trash. A lot of it would be the glass back then. In 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board realised that they were responsible to tell the people not to dump their crap on a beach, and successfully stopped the waste being dumped there. They did obviously built a dump land somewhere far, but whatever.

So what’s a Sea Glass?

Worn of by waves, recycled by the sea. Sea glass is a result of both nature and man. Jars, bottles and glass carelessly sloughed off are tumbled by the water of the ocean to form these colorful precious gems of the shore.

The Tears of Mermaid.

Since old days as sea glass has been there since we started making glass; The glass was said to be “Mermaid Tears”. It was said that every time a sailor drowned at sea, the Mermaids would cry and the sea glass were their tears washing up on the shore.

How long does it take to form?

It’s said that it takes about 7-10 years in a constant surf environment for the sea glass to ‘become’ a sea glass.

The Value

The value of a sea glass is partially determined by its colour. This is because there were very few glass items that were made in a particular colour that were unique. A quality piece of sea glass has no shiny spots. It is well frosted and has smooth, tactile edges.

Rarest of Sea glasses.

Incredibly, the rarest of sea glasses has inclusions (things inside).

There are three main sites in Fort Bragg. You can walk to two glass beaches from Downtown Fort Bragg, but the third requires a trip by a kayak.

Rules you must know!

The glass there has been reduced so much that the they have prohibited people from taking the glass from the beach.

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