There seems to be a flaw in your logic ! Real beach glass HAS to be
tumbled; the fact that a natural process tumbled the UN-NATURAL glass
is academic. Furthermore, if you were to use an UN-NATURAL process to
tumble the UN-NATURAL glass your product would be indistinguishable
from the litter that has been carelessly thrown on the beach by slobs
who would have kiddies’ tootsies lacerated.
It seems to me that we would all better serve mankind if we did not
romanticize the hazardous trash left on the beach by irresponsible
On the other hand, last week, while I was beachcombing at my favorite
beach, I could not help picking up the most beautiful piece of
Emerald green beach glass that I have ever seen. It was a perfectly
round cylinder about a quarter of an inch in diameter and an inch
long. Unfortunatly, the process that mother nature used was too
aggressive and, in order to further enhance its beauty I am going to
give it a subtle frosted effect by tumbling it in 600 grit. Voila,
beauty is where you find it. I’m going to make a custom 14 K bell cap
for it and mount it as a pendant.
How do we reconcile these antithetical perceptions of beauty ? My
neighborhood is busy buzzing about the “horrendous” plastic flowers
that a geriatric couple just conspicuously placed in a planter on
their easy maintenance “lawn”. Their reasoning may have been that
they were too old to keep up with those of us who have yards bursting
with spring flowers. Are we wrong to imitate nature with plastic ?
Should we petition our legislators to outlaw those bilious blobs of
plastic which seem to dominate every American cemetery ? Public taste
is ethereal and un-controllable. What does it portend for natural
gemstones…? The moving finger writes and moves on…Ron
at Mills Gem, Los Osos, CA.