Books about sea glass are popping up as often as daisies in summer. Most of these books are worthwhile, and I have read and enjoyed a number of them and have listed my favorite sea glass books below. The best of the bunch are my two favorites by author and sea glass expert, Richard LaMotte. His first book, Pure Sea Glass, Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems, published in 2004, was my introduction to sea glass
Although I had been collecting for many years I had never really thought about the origins of the glass or its history. This book changed my perspective, piqued my interest, and propelled me to pursue my own sea glass adventures in 2008 by starting A Day at the Beach Sea Glass Jewelry.
LaMotte’s first sea glass book elevated the medium and the process of collecting and cataloging sea glass in ways that were never expected. There is no question that the publication of his book precipitated the explosive interest in everything sea glass.
Full of detailed information about glass and bottle making, the science of glass composition/decomposition, and the origins of sea glass colors, it is the “go to” educational reference for the educated sea glass lover. It also makes a beautiful coffee table art book, thanks to Celia Pearson’s stunning sea glass photography.
So I was excited to read LaMotte’s newest book, The Lure of Sea Glass, Our Connection to Nature’s Gems and also curious about what he could possibly have to say that wasn’t covered in his first tome.
As with any good sequel, this one builds upon the content of the first but delves even deeper into the mystique of sea glass. It is a beautiful book that is well researched. well written and full of people’s personal, healing “sea glass stories.” The book also features sea glass collections from 14 regions of the US and more in-depth exploration of some rare and unusual finds.
If you would like to order either of Mr. LaMotte’s sea glass books you may purchase them here.
You may enjoy a peek into The Lure of Sea Glass, through the perspective of James Houck, Editor of What’s Up Magazine. It’s not so much a review of the book as a “celebration” of its beautiful stories and photographs. It appears that Mr. Houck also has fallen under the spell of the lure of sea glass.
A look back over the shoulder revealed a poppy field of colorful beach umbrellas, mine lost in the mix, and toward the right of the far horizon I could make out the rooftop of the family beach condo at 140th Street, Ocean City, Maryland. I must have walked a mile easily. And done so with my head down, feet frothed in seawater with every rolling wave upon the beach, while searching for seashells or, even better if found, shards of ocean-worn, “frosted” glass. Occasionally, a speck of green or blue protruded from the sand, was scooped up, dispensed in my pocket, and inspected at day’s end. Read James Houck’s Full Story Here…
More Sea Glass Books!
Here are more books about sea glass, some of which you may find at your local bookstore. All of them are available on Amazon.com. I’ve met many of these authors and they are wonderful people who have a passion for sea glass!
A book about sea glass is an ideal gift for a sea glass lover or sea glass newbie (other than a beautiful, genuine sea glass jewelry treasure, of course!).
- The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Finding, Collecting, Identifying and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones by Mary Beth Beuke
- Of Love and Sea Glass: Inspirational Quotes and Treasured Gifts From the Sea by Donald Verger
- A Passion for Sea Glass by C.S. Lambert
- A Sea Glass Journey by Teri Hall
- Sea Glass Chronicles by C.S. Lambert
- Sea Glass Treasures from the Tide by Cindy Bilbao
- The Story of the Sea Glass (a wonderful children’s book) by Anne Wescott Dodd