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What is Carolina glass (found at the beach)?

Shannan Bowen

You might be referring to “sea glass,” glass pieces, usually weathered and colorful, that wash up along the shore.

According to the North American Sea Glass Association, sea glass can come from discarded bottles, tableware or glass from shipwrecks and usually has a “frosty surface” with tiny crystals or sparkles. You may also see small patterns and hair-like cracks from the natural wear and tear of the glass.

The North American Sea Glass Association gives some helpful tips on how to tell artificial sea glass apart from the real thing. According to the association’s website, www.seaglassassociation.org, artificial sea glass will come from a factory, workshop or a rock tumbler and will not have any of the distinct tiny patterns that genuine sea glass has. Visit the association’s website for buying tips and other ways to distinguish genuine beach glass from artificial glass.

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Brenda Crenshaw

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