In this video I take an initial appraisal of a piece of sea glass to determine its quality and value by the state of its hydration. Doing this will help give an approximate time table or how long a shard of glass has been in the sea, which affects its conditioning (hydration) and ultimate value to collectors and artisans alike.
In this video, I further discuss the process of hydration, and specifically address the general length of time that sea glass needs to spend in the ocean before a shard of glass becomes 'conditioned' or 'hydrated'. Scholarship teaches us that glass will spend an average of a generation in waters where the Ph content is above 7 before it will transition from a structure that is sharp into a structure that is not sharp. This can be attributed to more of a physical happenstance