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.
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