Ancient Roman Glass

Ancient Roman Glass

Published by Elizabeth Anne on Dec 5th 2019

So, I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for a few months now… This line is so incredible, I think that I’ve been putting it off because I just don’t think I can give it proper justice. But hold on to your seats…! I can’t hold it in any longer… I HAVE to write about this incredible jewelry line that I am so very excited to have in my shop.

Ancient Roman Glass: So, what is it, and why is it so special? To answer that, we have to go back 2,000 years to the Ancient Roman Empire. It was right around this time that the Romans invented glass-blowing, and they became adept glass makers. In fact, there was an explosion in glass production in and around the Holy Land right at this period in history. Most of the glass that was produced by these ancient Roman glass-blowers was utilitarian in purpose, as opposed to being ornamental. Glass was used to create goblets, plates, bowls, vases and jugs, for example. (…and not so much to create earrings, necklaces, pendants, and/or cufflinks…)  Glass became a “modern” and exciting part of everyday life for everyday people in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago.

Photo credit: https://www.bohaglass.co.uk/roman-glass/  

The ancient history alone is pretty fascinating when you look at a fragment of Ancient Roman Glass. Frequently, I find myself looking at the different pieces I have in my shop, wondering what purposes they may have served all of those years ago… It is difficult to imagine that 2,000 years ago, these pieces of glass were an important part of everyday life for a family that has since been lost to time. These pieces of glass were once part of a plate, bowl, water jug, etc., right around that time that the first pages of the New Testament were written. It boggles my mind every time I look at one of these stunning pieces of Ancient Roman Glass Jewelry…

Wow… Right? Now you see why I have been putting off writing this post? How do I convey how awesome that is…? Yeah?…

Not only does this Ancient Roman Glass have an incredible history, it is absolutely stunning to look at as well. As I mentioned before, these fragments of glass were from a time long, long ago. The fragments from my jewelry collection specifically come from archeological digs in Israel. Overtime, the surface of each fragment has been filled with pigment deposits from centuries of wind, weather, minerals and pressure. The pigments that you see have been created through weathering and oxidation to produce ambient blues, greens, teals, purples and even pinks that seem to glow with an other worldly iridescence. Who knew 2,000 years old could look so good…?!

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So, yes… This line is amazing. I am beyond humbled to be able to offer it in my shop. … And now I have to give credit to the artist who brought these stunning pieces to life: my good friend Rony Yikhaky. Rony is the founder of Mediterranean Artists, and is an artistic contributor to the Sundance Catalog. He is responsible for the Ancient Roman Jewelry designs that I offer in my shop and in my on-line store. Rony has pieces in museums around the world, yet he is always excited to hear how his pieces have touched people here in Medina, Ohio. 

When you purchase a piece of Ancient Roman Glass Jewelry, you are buying so much more than you or I could have ever imagined. Not only are you buying something completely unique and one-of-a-kind, you are obtaining a piece of the past, and all of the history that goes with it. Every piece of Ancient Roman Glass has a story, and now you can become part of that story too.  

Every piece in this collection comes with a certificate of authenticity. 

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