With every treasured piece of sea glass you spot in the sand, a spontaneous reaction accompanies your find. That reaction is predominantly based on the color of the beautiful shard now being viewed in your hand. Maybe it’s your favorite color, or a color that reminds you of the very ocean that tumbled it. But what is that color’s name? Depending on who you ask, you could get infinite “names” for that color. In describing your piece you may call it “aqua”, but others may have a completely different name. I thought it might be time for all of us to have the same answer.
I would like to introduce you to the Carter Sea Glass Color and Rarity Guide. I created this guide as not only a reference to collectors, but as a way for the sea glass community to be standardized in referring to specific color names. I spent many hours of sorting and deliberating over my own collection to create this guide. I’m confident that it covers a majority of the world’s solid, translucent sea glass colors. Shades do exist beyond and in-between these, but it is very comprehensive as an official guide to use for the common collector.
This guide can also be used as a way to sort your collection. Some collectors like all their finds to be mixed in a rainbow of color, maybe in a vase or on a windowsill. However, other collectors are very serious about sorting their collection to have each color in a vase of their own. Jewelers or crafters probably find it a necessity to have their collections sorted by color. It can be hard to determine where to draw the line between how many shades to break down a category into. Now you have a guide to help.
In the past, rarity of particular colors has been classified by categories of rareness. For example, one scale might say red is “very rare” and another scale may categorize red as “ultra rare”. Which is more rare “very rare” or “ultra rare”? For the Carter Color and Rarity Guide, I found a 1 – 10 scale would be more universal in determining how rare a color is. Rarity of each color is posted by its color name on a 1 (common) to 10 (extremely rare) scale. I consider myself to be an expert in sea glass and I compiled my rarity gradings from years of experience and research. However, the rareness of a color can be can be effected by location in which it was found.
I designed this guide to not only be a reference for you, but a beautiful work of art. I hope you can find a place in your home to frame and spotlight it. This can be a conversation piece about your favorite topic, how perfect! I’m sure it will prompt many discussions about your own sea glass collection.
This poster is printed on 80 lb. white silk paper. This gives it stability against creasing or denting while handling. It has a faint sheen to it, but it is not glossy. The guide is available in 24 x 18 inches and 12 x 9 inches (common frame sizes). This guide features 81 of the likely color shades found in one’s collection. Each piece of glass shows the official color name next to the shard along with its rarity grading from 1-10. You will also find an “*” next to some shards denoting they are ultraviolet. These particular pieces are ultraviolet, but it is possible to find these colors without the shards having an ultraviolet hue. All the pieces of sea glass showcased in this guide are actual genuine pieces of sea glass that have been unaltered from my own collection. None of the colors have been created by any false means. All of the colors are true to the actual shades of sea glass. The pale pieces in the top right of the guide are very close to white, but have a small hint of color, which is best viewed under natural light. When using your guide to sort your collection, always use natural light. Using artificial light while viewing the guide will cause the color hues to appear differently.
By default posters are not signed. I am always very flattered when someone requests theirs to be autographed by me and I am happy to do so. If you would like me to sign yours, please mention it in the “order notes” section when checking out.
The frame is for display purposes only and is not included in the product’s price.
The Carter Sea Glass Color and Rarity Guide is available at wholesale rates for qualified sellers. If you would like be a retail seller of the guide, please inquire about rates and information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I just received my poster, today. The new classification of the colors for the Sea Glass shards is awesome. I liked it so much. I have a lot of shards and I don’t know how to classify the color of it. I find a name for the variations of colors of my unclassified shards in this poster. Congratulations! Meg your creation is unique and so helpful. Thanks for your initiative.
I am very new to making sea glass jewelry but when I read this article… what a breath of relief! I will be buying my guide very soon and CANNOT WAIT until it arrives!!! As your friend so candidly put it: ‘COLORS UNITE!’ I will be using this guide for all further naming of my prooducts! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! You are an asset and hero to the sea glassing community. <3
Kirsti Scott –
I love this beautiful poster! The colors are beautiful and Meg has collected the most beautiful pieces of sea glass to represent each one! Not only is the poster a gorgeous piece of art, but now that my friend and I each have one, we have actual names to use to tell each other what we found on the day’s treasure hunt! The paper is really thick and smooth. Love this!
Thomas Hewn –
I really love my chart. I can see all the love and fine effort which went into to creating it, and even the idea itself…of devising a standard reference for seaglass colors…is just brilliant. Even if you are not a hard core seaglass junkie, this is a beautiful piece of art to hang on any wall. Thank you!
Had my chart laminated and framed. I love it. It’s great to finally be able to see how rare some of my pieces are. Thank you for all your hard work making this possible.
Absolutely beautiful poster! I’m going to frame it and give it as a gift for my boyfriend 🙂 luckily I get to share it!
I love mine! I don’t know how I lived without it!
I just ordered mine and can’t wait to receive it! I’m far from the ocean, but I collect what I call “river glass” with my boys! I’m excited to be able to finally put a name to a piece more specific than “probably coke bottle”!
Not only beautiful but an invaluable reference for all sea glass lovers. Totally in love
Elena Piercey –
I use my poster every day! It’s on my work bench for reference! I laminated it and it’s been the best addition to my work space:) it’s always a conversation starter and I’m always able to show my customers the rarity of their selection which is so great!! It’s helped a lot and I’d love another one to frame since it’s just so beautiful! Thank you, Meg! Love that I had you sign it, too!!! It’s so much more special that way:)
Carol Redinger –
I find this rarity chart to not only be artistic, but also an invaluable tool for anyone interested in sea glass! Thank you, Meg!
Samantha Baasch –
Stumbled upon the beautiful guide and fell in love immediately! We have a small printer tray holding our collection and just upgraded to another three times the size, thanks to Carter Sea Glass Color and Rarity guide! We had colors we didn’t even know about. Beautiful guide can’t wait to frame it and hang it above our collection. Thanks Meg!
I just bought this chart and plan to frame it and hang it near my collection of sea glass. I just love it and would recommend it to any avid collector. Very well done, looks like you could reach right into it and grab your favorite piece to add to your own collection.
Couldn’t have bought a better 50th birthday for my friend. She has been a sea glass collector for quite sometime. The color guide is on point. It was admired by many of the guests at the party. I was happy to share with them your website. Maybe a trifold laminated travel version could be in the future ?
Kristie Eggleston –
My poster just arrived and it is so beautiful even as just a piece of art! Whilst I’m never going to find most of these colours on my seaglass beaches here in Australia, I can still dream by admiring Meg’s amazing definitive colour guide.
I purchased this as a gift for my Mom. My siblings and I grew up beach combing with her and I knew this would not only be useful but would be a beautiful piece of artwork for her home as well. She absolutely loved it! I couldn’t be happier with the quality of the print and the customer service I received. If I could give more stars I would. Thank you Meg!
Maryann Barnaba –
This was a gift for a cousin in Florida who loves to comb the beaches there! She was so appreciative and had never seen anything like this guide before! I’m passing along her big “Thank you”!
I recently bought this chart for my daughter, who has been collecting since she was a child. It was shipped promptly, arrived quickly and my daughter is very happy to have this to help in sorting her glass. I will be sending a framed chart to my other daughter to display in her beach house. It is a great gift idea!
Dollie Helsel –
Meg’s color chart is awesome. The real sea glass shards pictured in the poster appear to “pop out.” It makes me feel that each shard is proudly saying, “Look at me, my color has a name.” I’m hanging the large poster in my home and I’m getting a smaller one to hang in my boat. Thanks, Meg. Great Work!
Sonia Rodarte –
Thank you, Thank you my CSCR
Chart is AMAZING.! The quality of the paper is great. The colors are very true to life. I’m in love with it!
Cheryl Hermsen –
Love this poster! It fits beautifully in my new home and it catches the eye of all our visitors. I’m ordering another today for my mother, who wants to give it as a gift. Thanks Meg!
Julie Wetnight –
I love it! It’s very good quality. Can’t wait to use and display it!
Gorgeous print and amazing customer service!! My mom loved it!
eve smith –
The poster is a present for my daughter. She will love it, as an avid collector. It is a beautiful art work. the postage was really quick. wonderful service. Thank you very much
The poster arrived much quicker than I expected. I placed the order late at night and to my surprise, it was on its way the next morning. It arrived in perfect condition and is a great addition to our home. I especially like how accurate the coloring of the chart is and the color names are discrete. Highly recommended!
I love this chart! Ordered one for a friend & one for myself. It’s really fun to pull out your sea glass finds & match them to the chart. I love that it has numbers next to each color indicating how rare they are.
Bernadette Dunn –
2 things, and one of them is my own fault:( I wish now that I had ordered the larger posters because I think the colors may have been more vibrant. My bad!
this did not affect my rating, of course! Secondly, I would have preferred that the lettering for the colors be black rather than grey: easier on aging eyes. Would have given 4 and a half stars if I could have (or knew how!).
Allison V –
I’ve been sea glass hunting for 3 years and now my children join me… I ordered this poster to frame on our “beachy living room wall” so they can match the colors of their glass without them asking every 5 minutes ” is this one rare?” I was relieved and pleased with the ease of receiving a second poster. ( the first was bent during shipping.). The colors and layout is absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend this poster to seaglassers out there!
LOVE, LOVE this! When it comes to customer service, Meg is top rate!
Thanks so much – I love my sea glass colour and rarity guide!
Sophie Pearson –
I love my sea glass chart so much! So helpful! Thank you Carter’s for your awesome contribution to the sea glass community!
Soph @ washed-up.com
T. McCormick –
I purchased two of the travel-size glass charts as gifts. And my family just loved them. I have the large one framed and I refer to a quite frequently after a beach glass hunt.
Ashley G. –
Absolutely beautiful poster!! My wife and her best friend fell in love with this poster when they saw it in a store and my wife wanted to get as a gift for her friend. The poster is exactly as described and Meg was gracious enough to autograph it and responded very promptly to emails and questions. Was delivered quickly and in great condition as promised. Definitely a great product and a great experience all the way around. Definitely recommend Meg and her products. A++
I bought my poster when Meg had a sale and I got it two weeks ago. I live in Sweden and it came very quick from USA. I have already framed it and I have started to sort my seaglass that I have collected, mostly from Spain. It’s a very beautiful poster that you easily can use when sorting and when not sorting then it adds a splash of colour on the wall.
Such a beautiful poster!! I bought 2 for some of my avid sea glass collecter/jeweler friends and they were so so happy with them! I particularly liked that Meg wrapped them each separately, made it much easier when I was sending them to 2 different people!
My gorgeous chart arrived in record time despite the many miles and is being framed for me . So exited to match up the colours from my collection although I know I have no orange ! Yet .
Angela Bone –
Love my color chart!! Shipped to Victoria, British Columbia Canada in no time.
I ordered the laminated one and it is on the wall above my glass sorting table.
Thank you so much!!
Love the poster and rating scale. If I had know it can come laminated I would have ordered that as well!
Shirley Wilson –
Thanks Meg for the fast shipping. I ordered the laminated one and right now I have it on my work table and I am sorting my sea glass. The color chart is “awesome”.
Beautiful poster and very helpful. I have it on my work desk and love to match up my beach glass to the examples on the poster. Love it!
Ryanna Lloyd –
I absolutely love my Sea glass guide, I use it a lot.
It is really high quality and came well packaged. Mine arrived in the U.K really quickly, I would highly recommend this to any beachcomber.
Absolutely love this large laminated seaglass chart! Thank you so much!
Abbie R. –
Can’t recommend this enough!!! I had already purchased two of the non-laminated versions (still lovely!) prior to ordering the laminated version. The laminate was perfectly done and I love it because we can check our pieces against it and not ruin the print 🙂 Excellent and super speedy service, always makes me feel good to support businesses/families like this!
I love the chart! It is a great reference for anyone who is into sea glass!
This beautiful chart came so much faster than I expected! I ordered the laminated version to keep it nice if I put sandy seaglass on top, but it’s so nice I might frame it and display it anyway! Now I just need to find good hidey-holes around my beaches and collect every color!
High quality product, good for framing. Only downside is getting it framed. A link or reference for framing would be good on your website.
Stephanie Allan –
I bought a poster print and a travel sized laminated copy of this seaglass colour chart and I love them both! They are are great talking point and makes sorting seaglass so much more fun! Such a great purchase for any seaglass lovers. Thank You!