The photo of this beautiful piece of honey amber sea glass lying on a bed of tiny seashells and beach pebbles was taken on the beach near Nahoon Beach, in East London, South Africa. Honey Amber is the name of the color given to sea glass when the color of the sea glass is not quite brown, and not quite orange.
Well, that’s sort of what I’m guessing from what I’ve been reading about sea glass and the colors of it. There are so many different shades of colors of sea glass it is often difficult to allocate a specific color to any one piece. A piece of sea glass may look brown lying on the sand at the beach, or a lighter or darker brown when lying on a piece of white paper, but then hold it up to the light and it may look orange!
The size and thickness of the glass may also make two pieces of sea glass that started out as a one-color glass bottle, appear to be two different colors.
Just look down next time you go walking on the beach. The sand you’re walking on is rarely just sand – bend down and take a closer look and you may just see some sea glass too – or may even be lucky enough to find some larger pieces.
Tony and I love sea glass and have taken a much greater interest in it recently, even making some jewellery items and other items with the pieces we find on the beaches in and close to East London in South Africa.
To many, sea glass may merely be pieces of broken glass, but to us, we see it for what it really is – pieces of glass naturally tumbled by the ocean and beach, sometimes over many years or even decades, until it’s aged, smooth, frosty, and just beautiful.