The Wonder of Glass
The people of the Roman Empire were a mix of many different cultures, religions, and societies. They enjoyed varying economic statuses and took advantage of the extensive trade network throughout the Empire. Trade allowed new and foreign technologies and materials to be quickly distributed across the Mediterranean Sea and to lands beyond. The methods for creating and shaping originated in the eastern region of the Empire, according to Pliny the Elder, a Roman author and naturalist. Pliny reported that the material of glass was discovered accidentally by Phoenician merchants on a beach in the region of Syria long before the Romans ruled the Mediterranean. In actuality, the technology of glass probably developed in the regions of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, where the oldest man-made glass objects have been found
Ancient people found that glass was an incredibly useful material. When cooled, it hardened into a solid that could be used for storage or decoration. When reheated, the glass became pliable and could be manipulated into shapes such as beads, bowl, vases, or figurines. Glass served the purposes of gold, silver, and ceramics yet was less expensive than the metals and more impressive than the terracotta. In its most desirable form it resembled the clear and colorless rock crystal that was so highly prized by Romans. Glass provided a more affordable luxury for those Roman people who could not indulge in metal cups, bowls, and pitchers.
Certificate Of Authenticity
This piece of hand made jewelry is set with Authentic 2000 year old roman glass. Manufactured by the ancient Roman in 2 B.C . This glass was found in archeological diggings Throughout the holy land.
What is Roman Glass?
Roman Glass is unmistakably recognized by the luminous colors that can be seen with the naked eye within the glass (some times looking like mother of pearl). Most common are endless shades of aqua, purples, blues, and pinks. This unique glass was first created in the first centuries CE, in the Roman Empire, when glass-making techniques were revolutionized by the introduction of glass blowing. The glass now created had a bluish-aqua tint to it and was used mainly for bowls and vessels in all shapes and sizes. Since glass is made from sand and sand is made up of organic matter, the mineral composites within the sand have an ongoing effect on the color of the glass. The colors that can be seen in Roman glass today are a result of the glass reacting with climactic and geological elements - heat, water, various minerals in the earth - for Thousands of years. All these elements came together and caused many chemical reactions that resulted in brilliant, iridescent, Roman Glass. Making Roman Glass Jewelry
For almost 2000 years, Roman glass shreds - as well as whole vessels - have been buried underground, creating beautiful colors, waiting to be discovered. In the past 100 years or so, archeologists excavating areas that were under ancient Roman rule - particularly in Israel - have been coming across Roman glass relics. Intact vessels can bee seen in museums around the world, but broken pieces are often transformed into jewelry, made mostly out of gold and silver. The pieces of Roman glass that are incorporated into the jewelry are found at excavations throughout the Holy Land.