Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/6/30
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An ideal book for anyone who loves the shore. The first complete guide to collecting, identifying, and understanding the history behind smooth glass shards found at the water's edge. More than 250 color photos pay tribute to both sea glass and the historical glassware that is frequently its source. Beachcombers can now use subtle clues regarding color and shape to determine age, rarity, and even origin.
"This fascinating coffee table book provides a comprehensive reference on sea glass as well as a soothing, tranquil visit to the seashore through its wonderfully executed photographs.
Readers learn how sea glass is transformed by the rolling waves; natural elements developing its frosted patina and fascinating color." -- Allbooks Review, Shirley Roe "Amazon.com"
"No seaside hotel, motel or B&B should be without this beautifully presented guide book." -- Rebeccas Reads "Amazon.com"
Anyway, this book is written by the person behind that deck. It is spoken of as being THE sea glass book, but it's a little spendy for a casual collector. We aren't obsessed, but we are enthusiastic, so we decided to splurge on the book as a treat. It is worth every dime.
Sure, there are lots of great photos. But there are plenty of books with lots of photos. In fact, and this is the important point, while most other books are mostly nice photos and a cheerful song and dance, this book has so much fascinating info that you will find yourself sitting down and reading at length. There are, in no particular order of priority, tips about locating sea glass, explanations of the subtleties of weathering, a history of glass making and of color and coloring. There are extended reviews of sea glass sources - including bottles, tableware, flat glass, marbles, utility glass, containers, insulators and bonfire glass. There is some consideration of appraising rarity.
Basically, you get over two hundred pages of amiable instruction in the company of a knowledgeable and engaging expert in the field. You come out the other end informed, encouraged, and raring to find that one in a million red piece that will be the center of your collection. You will absolutely have a better understanding of and appreciation of the sea glass you see in shows, and even the sea glass you might have in your own collection. (You will undoubtedly have one, "Oh, so that's what that is!", moment as you read.) Certainly, no other book better balances enthusiasm, information, encouragement, insight and freshness. Like a well weathered cobalt blue piece, this was a happy find.
The photos are beautiful and the information is so comprehensive and interesting that I often find myself toting it round the house to browse its pages. It tells you about colors, where the glass may have come from, what the glass may have been before it became a shard, and countless other fascinating tidbits.
It's such a lovely book that it sits on the table at the entrance to my home with an apothecary jar containing our favorite pieces of sea glass next to it.
I highly recommend it as a beautiful and interesting book and as a great reference. Now if I could just find that elusive piece of red or orange sea glass!