What a delight Pure Sea Glass is. As well as being the defining book on sea glass, this hardcover volume is filled with the gorgeous photography of Celia Pearson. Within its pages one can learn about sea glass—its origins, colors, the rarity of each hue, conditioning and weathering and much more. There are chapters devoted to bottles and containers, flat glass, tableware and utility glass, marbles, insulators and bonfire glass, each accompanied by full color photos of glass from the author's considerable collection. There are suggested places to hunt for sea glass, such as the beaches of Puerto Rico, California's Monterey Bay Sanctuary and Ft. Bragg coastlines and several eastern shores. Following the authors' advice, I visited the beaches at Seaside and at Davenport aand came home with enough treasures to create wire-wrapped pendants and earrings.
In the chapters where rarity and color are discussed, the author gives references to how many pieces of a particular color might be found within an overall number of pieces collected. For example, the chances of finding a ruby-red piece of sea glass is only one for every 5,000 pieces collected.
Pure Sea Glass is not only informative, it is a beautiful coffee table book to be perused and studied over and over again. If your passion is sea glass, this is a must have volume for your library. I purchased my copy used; fortunately there are used and new copies still available. Highly recommended.