Today was one of those days I think the mermaids may have been crying!
I was not able to get out on the beach today so I decided to arrange my "tears". This is a small sampling of the range of colors, shapes and sizes that I have collected over the years. Every seaglass lover or want to be collector should own the book Pure Sea Glass by Richard LaMotte. (See my page entitled Books about Seaglass and More on the right sidebar)
Now, for the interesting part. Not only do my "tears" come in beautiful colors, some of them actually glow! If you have a good eye for color, you may just realize that some hold a secret that few know about. But since I don't like to keep secrets, I will show you! Circled below are two pieces, can you see the subtle color difference from any others?
Now, for the most amazing part.
This is what is called "Vaseline Glass". Originally called Uranium Glass because it contained trace amounts of Uranium, it was produced pre-1930 and when viewed under a black light in a dark room it glows a bold, flourescent lime green. These "mermaid tears" are of course some of my most special.
Thank you to a fellow blogger, beach-combingmagpie.blogspot.com for the lovely story of how seaglass became known as "mermaid's tears".