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For many, sea glass hunting is as much a part of Summer as swimming in the ocean itself. We’ve got some great beaches to find your treasures!

According to Wikipedia, “sea glass” is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of salt water. These weathering processes produce natural frosted glass. Furthermore, sea glass takes 20 to 40 years, and sometimes as much as 100 to 200 years, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape! So when you find what looks like the most amazing piece you’ve ever seen, remember, it took a long long time to get there.

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Most sea glass comes from bottles. This is why the most found colors include kelly green, brown, white, and of course clear. The clear glass can also come from a wide variety of sources lost at sea. Among them are clear glass plates, eyeglasses, window pieces, and even car windows!

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However, there are some very rare and uncommon sea glass colors out there. These include gray and pink, from art deco plates. Yellow, from old glass petroleum jelly containers and wine bottles. Also, red sea glass, which comes from old glass car taillights, and nautical lights. Some of the rarest sea glass is orange. Orange sea glass comes from old glass bottles as well as glass reflector lights and blinker lights on cars, which haven’t been in production for decades. So, if you happen to find a piece of Orange sea glass, know that you have found a treasure that is discovered once in every 10,000 pieces of sea glass!

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Did you know that sea glass is so popular, that there is even an International Sea Glass Association? It’s true. You can read more about it, and even become a member at their website: https://seaglassassociation.org/

Here are some of the Jersey Shore’s favorite beaches to find your perfect piece of sea glass. Happy Hunting!

*Editor’s Note: Since I originally wrote this story in 2023, I have been inundated with folks at the Jersey Shore who have told me their own Sea Glass beach stories. So, I wrote another list of beaches where you can hunt down some Jersey Shore Sea Glass!

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