Roman Glass can be identified by the colors which luminate within the glass and give it an opalescence sheen. Aquatic colors of green and blue are often tinted with pinks and purples. This sheen is called patina caused by deposits of lime or insoluble salts of calcium and magnesium on the surface of the glass. This process is called calcification and indicates great age. The results are the brilliant and beautiful iridescence of colors associated with Roman Glass.
The techniques for creating glass were revolutionized by the introduction of glass-blowing in the first century between 25-400AD, during the Roman Empire Era in the Mediterranean region. This glass created was bluish-green in color. For well over 2000 years, shards of glass, have been buried underground waiting to be discovered. Archaeologists excavating in Israel, mostly in Caesarea, discovered amazing relics and intact vessels can be seen exhibited around the world. However, broken pieces, rendered useless were gathered together and allowed to be transformed into jewelry.
Owning a piece of this glass incorporated into jewelry is not only beautiful but it is also a unique way of preserving a piece of history. Often ancient Roman coins of the period are combined with the glass and all items come with a certificate of authenticity. The jewelry worn gives an empirical feel of a time long past, a time when the Romans were the center of the world.
To best preserve, these items of jewelry, remember that they are glass and should be treated delicately, kept away from harsh chemicals, chlorinated water, hairspray or perfumes. As part of our warranty, we offer periodic, professional cleaning for customers who have purchased our Roman Glass jewelry.