Pure SEA GLASS is an incredible reference for any coastal enthusiast. More than 200 elegant images by photographer Celia Pearson present some of the best sea glass ever collected, along with samples of the classical glassware that is often its source.
Author Richard LaMotte provides tremendous detail on all aspects of identifying sea glass, its historical significance, ways to assess rarity, and the most advantageous locations and times to search for it.
The reader also is introduced to the science of how sea glass develops its uniquely frosted patina. LaMotte explains how crystalline formations on the surface of sea glass shards transform them into highly prized gems.
The book's color- rating scale is based on an intensive study of more than 30,000 pieces of sea glass. It helps readers determine how rare each piece in their own collections might be.
A comprehensive assemblage of antique bottles and tableware informs the reader while paying tribute to the great American glass industry prior to mass-production.
A Message from the author of Pure Sea Glass, Richard LaMotte:
Dear Sea Glass Collectors,
In June of 2014 Pure Sea Glass will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade the best surprise I've received from so many of you is your incredible stories. Often you've shared inspirational and at times miraculous stories of experiences along the shore. In some cases it has been an individual's very first find that catapults them into a life-long hobby we call sea glass collecting.
I plan to write another book in the near future and feel these collector accounts need to be shared. While the book will not only be on the stories, it will serve as a primary chapter. For those who have heard me share these stories at lectures you know some are hard to believe. When I first wrote, "There is a great healing power found where the water meets the shore." I only knew half the story--evidently there was far more.
At this time we want to collect more of these stories so we can present a broad array of these experiences to all. We know some of these are private and will protect everyone's identity but invite you now to participate in this great collection. If your story is selected we will be happy to offer you signed copies of the new book and if we are able to photograph a special shard or shards we will insure that it will be protected and returned swiftly.
Please feel free to share this invitation with friends who collect sea glass. Thank you for your continued interest and support!