With stunning hues ranging from familiar Kelly Green to ultra-rare teal, Green Sea Glass is a favorite among sea glass enthusiasts due to its variety and versatility.
Green Sea Glass is the quintessential seashore prize. Discovering one of these frosty beauties nestled alongside the shells and sand may be what first began your love affair with sea glass.
Radiant lime, dusky olive, and even what appears to be dramatic black all belong to this wonderfully diverse family of sea glass colors.
Green-colored glass was first created about 3,000 years ago by happenstance. Iron, chromium, and copper impurities found in glass maker’s sand resulted in a green, glowing final product. Variance in shade is achieved when minerals are introduced at different stages of the glass-making process.
Green Sea Glass is discovered in so many exciting shades today due to differences in glass-making techniques throughout history. Generally, the deeper the green, the older the glass.
Rich forest greens and jades were popular on and off from the 1700s through the mid-1900. This sturdier hand-blown glass was used for liquor bottles, flasks, jars, and goblets.
Sleeker, bright Kelly Green and lime glass pieces are more likely to be factory-made. For decades, this glass’ primary use was as the beloved soda bottle.
Though perhaps a relatively common find when compared to legendary reds and yellows, green glass is still a quickly vanishing ocean treasure and the perfect foundation for any sea glass jewelry collection.
Browse our “All About Sea Glass” page to learn more about the different hues of green sea glass!
Green Sea Glass: Top Ten Facts at a Glance
1. Mineral water was first bottled in green bottles in 1622.
2. That beautiful piece of jade glass in your collection may once have been a bottle of poison from the 1800s!
3. Green was a popular choice for pharmacy bottles in the early 1900s.
4. Olive green sea glass with an amber hue is almost always pre-1900 in origin… and we still have some specimens of olive green glass that date back to 300 AD!
5. From the 1940s-1970s, many soda bottles were made from Kelly Green or lime green glass. Kelly green and lime are sometimes referred to as “soda pop green” or “7-up green” due to their original form.
6. In the 1900s, olive oil bottles were usually made from citron green glass.
7.Cobalt was purposefully added during the production of glass to create new shades of glass from peacock to teal.
8. Pellegrino and Perrier still bottle their mineral water in the same greens used in the 1800s.
9. Dark green glass found in California is likely to come from wine bottles still manufactured there today.
10. Green sea glass is sometimes confused with UV glass- but the properties that form these colors are far different!
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