Most common colors
Many of these colors originated from glass jugs, wine goblets, beer bottles and every day household jars. Before plastic was invented, glass also held most of our foods and medicines. Clear glass was also commonly used for nautical beacon lights. Glass insulators used to top telegraph poles, telephone poles, and electric power lines were made in these colors as well as some of the more rare colors.
Harder to find colors
Sea Foam Green
Honey Amber Brown
Cobalt blue and olive green sea glass mainly originated from medicine bottles and are therefore harder to find. Most sea foam green glass originated from soda bottles like the original Coca~Cola bottles. Light honey amber brown sea glass originated from household jars, liquor and beer bottles.
Cornflower / Sky Blue
Many of these colors originated as perfume bottles and candy dishes. Milk White sea glass originates from old “milk glass” pitchers and table wear. “Milk White” sea glass is not to be confused with “Clear White” sea glass, a more commonly found and mass produced glass. Black sea glass was used to hold grog in the 1800’s. The deep color was to keep the light out and to preserve freshness. Black sea glass is actually a very dark olive green color when held to the light. These colors are more rare because they were made on a smaller scale than mass produced bottles for soda and beer.
Super rare colors
Sea Glass Marbles
The rarest of all sea glass colors originated from the first street lamps, Japanese ship lanterns and fine household dishes like milk glass pitchers and candy dishes. Red sea glass contains “gold chloride,” a true gold, and is very expensive to produce. Yellow and Orange sea glass were used in Depression era tableware, as well as in Victorian times.