224 pages
200 color images
9 1/4 x 9 1/2
Pub date 2004


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Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems
by Richard LaMotte featuring photography by Celia Pearson

Pure SeaGlass is an incredible reference for any coastal enthusiast. Over 200 elegant images by photographer Celia Pearson present some of the best sea glass ever collected, along with samples of classical glassware that are often its source.

The book provides tremendous detail on all aspects of identifying sea glass, its historical significance, ways to assess rarity, the most advantageous locations and times to find it. The reader is also introduced to the science of how sea glass develops its uniquely frosted patina. This brings to light the fact that pure sea glass truly does become a gem when it develops crystalline formations on its surface.

A color rating scale is included that is based on an intensive study of over 30,000 pieces of sea glass. This will help others discover how rare each piece is within their own collection.

A comprehensive assemblage of antique bottles and tableware will educate the reader while paying tribute to the great American glass industry prior to its entry into mass-production.

The definitive book on sea glass and its origin.

" a valuable resoucre for collectors" —Coastal Living