Sea Glass or Beach Glass?

Posted by Kirsti Scott on

What's the difference between beach glass and sea glass? It's really pretty simple! Just to make it as clear as possible, I created a Venn diagram with sea glass.

First, there's the giant set of all glass.

Inside that is all the glass that has somehow made it to a body of water and gotten tumbled by the waves until it's smooth and soft. The glass eventually landed back on a beach along a  sea, ocean, lake, river, bay, or other body of water. This is all considered beach glass.

Finally, inside that is the glass that was found specifically on a beach on a sea or ocean. This is called sea glass.

Online, collectors and admirers love to share photos and stories about their beach glass and sea glass, and a great way to find those is to use the hashtag #seaglass, which is commonly used for both types of beach glass.

Hope this helps, and happy collecting!

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