When it comes to sea glass, is imitation really the sincerest form of flattery?
I think not, particularly when it comes to spending hard earned money on a product you trust to be the real deal.
Most of you will see that this sea glass bracelet and ring is made with tumbled, recycled glass and a metal alloy called alpaca.
It is easy to spot because the glass is thin, flat, has an even sheen with no variations, and is usually cut into even shapes.
Products like these are sold online and in stores all over the country, advertised, with no apology, as sea glass jewelry, leaving me scratching my head about the reference to the sea.
Maybe the makers’ delivery trucks drive by the beach every once in a while?
Even more alarming, however, is how sophisticated the more recently minted, fake sea glass manufacturers have become in order to fool you into thinking you are buying a product made with pure, natural sea glass. Now that’s truly deceptive.
If you would like to become a more educated sea glass buyer, please read Mary McCarthy’s story and follow her advice on how to spot the fakes.
There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with (let’s just call it) craft glass, but the artists who create with genuine glass can’t compete with those using those much less expensive materials. Read the full story here. Stop Buying Fake Sea Glass by beach blogger, Mary McCarthy on splice.com.
Read more about the value of real sea glass here 7 Reasons To Buy Authentic Sea Glass Jewelry