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FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions.

Q. What is Seaham Sea Glass?

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Sea Glass can be found on many beaches around the world, but the amount of glass and the different colours you can find at Seaham make it a ‘must-visit’ site for collectors. 

Seaham and nearby Sunderland were home to many bottleworks and glass making factories during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Seaham boasted the largest glass bottle works in Britain – The Londonderry Bottleworks, operating from the 1850s to 1921. 

Londonderry bottleworks in Seaham, County DurhamImage of Londonderry Bottleworks credit East Durham Now and Then.

The bottleworks produced up to 20,000 hand-blown bottles every day, in different colours and designs including hand crafted bottles, perfume bottles and household glass, all of which were distributed across the globe. 

The bottleworks would dump large amounts of waste glass straight into the North Sea and that’s where Seaham’s sea glass story began! That’s why with each new tide, you’re certain to find colour little gems along Seaham’s shore, which have been shaped and smoothed by the North Sea for over 100 years.  

Seaham Sea glass on a stone

What Sea Glass can you find at Seaham? 

No two sea glass pebbles are the same, in shape or colour. You’ll find all sorts of different colours and types of glass including codd marbles, which were used as a seal for fizzy drinks, safety glass which has wire reinforcement running through it, bottle necks and sea pottery! 

The most common glass to find in Seaham is clear and green glass, as this was the most popular coloured glass produced by the bottleworks. You’ll also find yellow, red, blue, aqua and even multi-coloured pebbles or milk glass which comes in pastel shades of blues, yellows and green. 

Different types of Sea glass you can find at Seaham, Durham Heritage Coast

The different shades of glass were determined by the chemicals used in making the glass, as well as the temperate of the melt and the length of time it was melted for. 

Q.Do items come Gift Wrapped?

A. Yes every item comes gift wrapped in a Gift Box with Branded Sticker ready to give as a gift .

Q. Are the chains Sterling Silver ?

A. Yes they are Sterling Silver 925.

Q. How fast can I get my items delivered 

A. All items are posted first class within a few days of placing the order so on average delivery is 3-4 days . If you require an item urgently message me at time of order. During busy times of the year delivery may take slightly longer .