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Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems Hardcover – June 15, 2004

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"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"

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Pure Sea Glass is a fascinating reference for anyone who loves the coast. Over 150 elegant images by photographer Celia Pearson present some of the best sea glass ever collected, along with a vast array of classical American glassware that is often its source. Using knowledge of tides, weather, prevailing winds, historical records, and boating charts, the reader can learn the most advantageous times and locations to search for sea glass. Pure Sea Glass assists the collector in playing detective using subtle clues regarding color and shape to identify the possible source of sea glass shards, their age, rarity, and historical significance.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Glass Publishing L.L.C.; 1 edition (June 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975324608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975324608
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jana L.Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2005
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I was born in a coastal town and have always loved the ocean, walking on the beach, sailing - almost everything that has to do with the sea. When I was a little girl, my mother used to take me for walks along the coast, especially after a storm, to see what strange and interesting items had washed up on shore. So it is surprising that I have never collected sea glass, until recently that is. I was working on a craft project for a gift and thought that a few pieces of sea glass would make a beautiful and meaningful addition. Once I looked into acquiring the glass my interest peaked. So before I went any further, I bought a copy of Richard LaMotte's renowned book "Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems" on the advice of a longtime collector and jewelry maker.

This is an excellent volume, especially for beginners who are interested in learning about, searching for and collecting sea glass. A major added attraction is that there are over 150 exquisite and elegant photographs by Celia Pearson included here, presenting some of the beat specimens ever collected, along with a vast array of classical glassware from around the world that is often its source. The visuals are displayed in a manner that reminds me of Japanese Zen aesthetics. I am not a big coffee table book person, but my copy is on my table and most people who sit in my living room for longer than 15 minutes usually pick it up and peruse with delight.

The book is a comprehensive guide, chock full of information on finding and identifying these gems, the bits of aged glass, enhanced by years beneath the sea or caught in the tides that wash our coasts.
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Rebeccasreads highly recommends PURE SEA GLASS as a must have for all the beachcombers who wander the strands of the world, bending to pick up those gorgeous fragments of glass.

PURE SEA GLASS offers history & facts about the globs of glass washed up by the waves, as well as page after page of exhilerating colors & shapes the glass comes in, & images of the seashore.

No seaside hotel, motel or B&B should be without this beautifully presented guide book. Do check out pureseaglass for when the author will be near you. TEN STARS!
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This book was informative without being boring. It gives good tips on how to find sea glass and simple ways to rate its value. I found the history of how it comes to be most interesting plus it has beautiful pictures!
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I love to sit down after I've collected some sea glass from a day at the beach and read this book. I love this book. I've learned so much from "Pure Sea Glass", for example what time of the year, what time of the month and where to search for sea glass. The photographs are wonderful and colors are treat for your eyes. I leave this book along with "Sea Glass Chronicles-Whispers from the Past" on my coffee table. I've catch members of my family and my daughters friends looking through this book. "Pure Sea Glass" has encouraged my husband and our daughter, along with her friends(20Y and older) to go out sea glass hunting. It's a wonder book...a must have for any beachfront owner or beach loving folk.
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I mean really, what's not to like. What could possibly be wrong with a book written about such a benign pastime. It almost sounds green - it is green! Picture this, you're at the seashore, strolling casually along, eyes to the sand, and you're intentionally removing pieces of glass (from broken bottles, etc.) that other, assumedly uncaring folk (litterbugs actually) have strewn into the sea. And we've made a sport of it too! Honestly though this is a nice book with loads of information, and really nice photos. The best of its genre I think. Makes me almost wish I lived by an open stretch of convenient beach.
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A friend had a copy of this book on her coffee table, and after only a quick glance, I knew I had to have my own! But let me warn you, it will turn any casual beachcomber picking up bits and pieces of sea glass into a passionate, even obsessive collector. The author shares impeccable research as well as a love for this gift of nature that is just irresistible. Give this book to anyone who loves sea glass--and you'll be overwhelmed by the thanks you'll get! First, though, treat yourself to a copy--it's just wonderful.
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Pure Sea Glass by Richard LaMotte is an awesome book. If you are into sea glass or want to get into it or are curious about just what on earth sea glass is...this is the book you need. It has interesting, historical facts, gorgeous, close-up photos, and is extremely well-researched. I have collected Sea Glass my whole life, becaue it was "pretty". (We always called it smooth glass). There is soooo much more to this interesting glass than just its' pretty looks. Mr. LaMotte offers detailed descriptions of the chemical compositions of various glasses and a unique look at the history of glass ware. And what a thrill to learn that I own several extremely rare pieces! Who knew? Check this book out...you'll be pleasantly surprised. It also makes a great coffee table book for those of you that don't really want to read anything but want a beautiful book on your table!
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