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Glass

Etymology and history

The history of creating glass can be traced back to 3500 BCE in Mesopotamia. The term glass developed in the late Roman Empire. It was in the Roman glassmaking center at Trier, now in modern Germany, that the late-Latin term glesum originated, probably from a Germanic word for a transparent, lustrous substance.

Glass description

Originally, glass may have been discovered by accident, occurring as a curious byproduct during the making of glazed ceramic (faience ware) beads, or as a vitreous byproduct of the metal smelting process. Predating the invention of glass beads, so-called "crumb bead" were a mixture of faience, soapstone particles and cement. Glass was either colored inadvertently, by impurities within the basic batch of ingredients, or intentionally, using metallic oxides (pigments) to impart a color throughout to mixture. Color can also be affected by the absence, or presence of oxygen in the furnace. Some of the pigments used in the making of glass were also used to make cosmetics and paints.

Glass in jewelry

Sterling silver jewelry complements the actual glass, emphasizing the color and natural beauty of the stones. We have a large selection of sterling silver jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Because of the nature of glass, each piece of glass jewelry you own will be unique. For something really extraordinary, check out our one of a kind piece.

Occurrence

Glass is made around of the World.

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