They can be found just about anywhere on the beach: glittering jewel-like shards called sea glass.
To some they look like hunks of shiny junk, but in reality, they truly are
Author Richard LaMotte, a resident of Maryland's Eastern Shore, researched
the origins of sea glass and wrote a book about the subject called "Pure Sea Glass." He says most sea
glass comes from bottles.
"Bottle glass became disposable in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and so as
these things were thrown out they would be thrown out in dumps next to bays or
rivers, and they were broken into pieces. They'd be tumbled, let's
say in the Chesapeake, for years. Decades. And as these get tumbled up, they
actually turn into these shapes that people like to use in jewelry or other types
of craft that really take a jewel-like patina and frosting to it."