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HomeColor Rarity Chart - Green Sea Glass

Green Sea Glass, Green Beach Glass, Turquoise Sea Glass

It Looks So Minty but Tastes Salty
In the right light, green sea glass is prettier than an emerald. What is it?

Green sea or beach glass began as discarded bottles or other glassware that later was tumbled by waves and leached by the water, resulting in its jewel-like appearance.

Green sea glass, as with any colored medium, comes in many hues and shades.

Although green glass colors (from beer bottles or wine bottles), along with brown and white, make up the most commonly found colors of beach glass, there are also lighter or darker greens and hues of green that are far less common.

Green beach glass

This spiral of green hues illustrates the variety you might find in green or turquoise sea glass.

Green Sea Glass - What Makes It Green

Green Beach Glass

Throughout history, "bottle green" has been one of the most common colors of glass in bottles.

The main reason for the green color is that the natural ingredients used in making glass - sand, soda ash, and lime - generally contained iron impurities in the sand.

Iron added to the glass-making process, produces a green color. So, depending on the amount of iron naturally found in the sand being used, the depth of green in the bottle glass was either light or dark.

Dark greenish cyan sea glass solo
Seafoam-lime sea glass solo
Seafoam medium sea
Dark greenish cyan Lime-green sea glass Seafoam sea glass

Green might be called one of the "natural" colors in glass making.

In fact, to get pure clear glass, the iron impurities would have to be removed in most cases.

So it's easy to understand why green was the cheapest and most common glass found in bottles over the many centuries of glass production, and why so much of the sea glass or beach glass today is green.

Geen sea glass

With a lower proportion of iron or if the iron was less oxidized, bluish to greenish aqua colors resulted.

If more iron was added or if there was higher oxidation of the iron, darker green colors were produced.

An example is the name "bottle green," first used as the name of a color in the early 1800s.
bottle green wine bottle

Bottle green is a dark shade of green with a arrowlittle blue in it as seen in this old wine bottle. 

It is also called "wine bottle green" or "beer bottle green."

When even more iron was added, the glass could appear to be black; so much of what is called "black glass" actually has a greenish tint to it when held up to strong light (see link to black glass at end of this page).

There are some colors that lie somewhere between blue and green.

You may find it hard to say which it is.

Pale turquoise sea glass
This piece of pale turquoise looks bluish, yet if you look closely you can see greenish highlights...can't you?

On the other hand, a nice pure green like the one below doesn't leave any doubt that it is green.
Lime green sea glass

Green beach glass or sea glass makes beautiful jewelry, but not all people can wear green next to their skin.

However, blue and especially white sea glass are more adaptable to a wider variety of color combinations and therefore more prevalent in sea glass jewelry.

Mmmm Green beach glass

You might like the following pages on colors of sea glass:

Sea Glass
Color Spectrum Chart and The Visible Spectrum
The visible spectrum is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that can be detected by the human eye. Electromagnetic radiation in this range of wavelengths is called visible light or simply light.

Sea Glass
Rare Sea Glass
Some of the colored production glass (examples would be Depression Ware and Carnival glass) although produced in a large quantity, may have been only ...

Orange Sea Glass
Orange Sea Glass
Orange sea glass - it is rare? Check here for information on orange and other sea glass colors.

Black Sea Glass
Black Sea Glass, Black Beach Glass
On this page, you'll find out about: What is Black Sea Glass? Is it Rare? Is it Hard to Find? The Making of Black Glass for Black Glass Merchandise

Yellow Sea Glass
Yellow and Orange Sea Glass Colors
Among the rarest colors, yellow and orange sea glass is highly prized by sea glass collectors and artists.

Sea Glass
Red Sea Glass is a Rare Beach Find
Why is it hard to find? How can I find it? Here, we will focus on finding rare beach glass - why certain beaches have the ...

Blue Sea Glass
Blue Sea Glass
See beautiful blue sea glass photos. What are the different blues that are found in beach glass colors? Blue shards of beach glass come in many hues and intensities...

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Many thanks to you both for your time and insight!

I love your page. It's been a great resource in my hunting!

All Best, Amanda in Connecticut

Hi David,

I received your sea glass hearts and I LOVE them all.

Thank you so much for sending the extra hearts.

I was so touched by your thoughtfulness and I appreciate you sharing these special gifts from the sea! Hope to see more of your sea glass soon!

Thanks again,


Hi David,

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look forward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife.


Hi David,

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate receiving my sea glass order so quickly.

Love the flowers, wave crest & rare pastels and the little extra surprise....you made my day!!


I am so fascinated by sea glass - I can’t believe at 70 I found a new hobby.

Thanks for the opportunity to search and read up on this!


Your site made me so happy tonight! Why?

Many happy memories swirled back into my mind when I saw your pictures. I spent my childhood on the beaches of Cape Cod and we spent many happy hours looking for sea glass."


It is a pleasure and refreshing to meet people in the sea glass community that are willing to share! I got some great tips from your site. It was wonderful not to spend my entire vacation looking for a beach. Thanks again!

Maryanne K.W.

Hi David and Lin.

Love your sea glass web site. I enjoy your picture of the month and intend on winning at least once.

I have been collecting and creating things from sea glass for over twenty years. I find my sea glass on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio.

Thank you for sharing your treasures with me. Yours truly,

Cathy Lincks

What an AWESOME site! I love reading about it, looking at all of your pictures, and planning my next vacation to the perfect beach.

Keep up the great work!


I’m a new subscriber to your newsletter and I love it!


Hi David,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your newsletters.

I never even knew about sea glass before 2 years ago, now of course I'm hooked, love it, just love it.


Hi David and Lin - I love your website! Thank you for sharing info...


Hi David. Its Bill and Joan Laverick, Durham City, North East of England. We love reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

Bill & Joan

I soo look forward to reading your blogs.

Jacqueline Giguere

Just wanted to let you know (since you were so helpful) that I won a blue ribbon (1st place) in Gifford Middle School Science Fair in the category of Environmental Science with my topic - Effect of a Florida Tidal Inlet on Wrack Line Sea Glass Volume.

Now, I will compete in the Regional Science Fair which will take place on Feb 2nd. My mom and dad and I had a lot of fun searching for sea glass.


Mary Hyde

I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


I love your email newsletters. I am 77 and try to get "glassin" whenever anyone will take me to the beach!! :-))

P. Paul

Hi David

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look for ward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife,

Judi Weber

Hi David and Lin!

I SO enjoy you newsletter! Please forward it to my sister. I've got her hooked on the beauty of sea glass!

Thanks in advance! Happy foraging.

Joan D

Hi David and Lin,

I have shared your website with my other sea glass fanatic friends over the last couple of years and they love it as much as I do.

Yours is my favourite website of all time and the very best website I've seen for everything sea glass.

I can lose myself for hours in your website. Dangerous place!

Anne O, Toronto

Thanks so much for the information.

I visited Carbon Beach today.

Very small and few people but a nice supply of glass just as you stated.



Hi Lin and David,

I have come to sea glass via my shell collecting and am finding it very addictive too. Last year I found a glass bottle stopper which was a thrill.

I really enjoy the newsletter and can easily spend an evening getting lost in the stories and comments.


Anne Cram

Just wanted to thank you for all of your helpful information.

The sea glass community is filled with people who guard their secret beaches so it is refreshing to see that there are people who are willing to share.

It's so useful for those of us that don't live near a beach and travel to find our glass.

The information posted here lets us spend more time enjoying our adventure rather than wasting time looking for a great spot

Thanks again,

Anonymous Viewer

Gee, my heart races when I hear about all these marvelous finds.

Kudos to this wonderful site and for those who share their finds.

You've got a friend in me,

Norma Myrphy

I love your site, thanks for all the wonderful info.

I'm looking forward to my new hobby and participating in your odyssey Seaglass forum.



David & Linda,

So wonderful to have crossed paths with you and thanks for sharing your expertise on sea glass along with your wonderful website.

Ann & I have caught your infectious seaglass fever! Hope to cross paths again soon.

Happy and safe traveling!

Richard C. Wong · Portland, Oregon

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