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Glass has been known since the middle of the second millennium BC. It is generally agreed that glass-making began in one of the countries of the eastern Mediterranean, although glass experts still do not completely understand how it was first made, nor is it known exactly where or when, but most probably, it was an accident. At first glass in the form of obsidian (natural glass of volcanic origin) was used to make tools, weapons and sharp jewellery.  It was also used in making ornaments.
Glass is a substance that is both brittle and hard (6 on the Moh’s scale). It can be either transparent or opaque. Glass pastes could be colored and applied to small objects to make them look like precious stones. The paste could also be poured into terracotta moulds to make small statues, plaques and jewellery components. Despite the fragility of glass, many ancient and beautiful objects have been preserved. Today, superb modern designs are made in Scandinavia, while classical pieces are reproduced in Italy – both command very high prices. Glass is the symbol of fragility, delicacy and transparency. Glass was used as a symbol of love in the Cinderella‘s story (remember her glass slipper).

Glass jewellery
People who collects fine glass and all who admire it consider this invention to be one of man‘s most exciting discoveries. However, most people today consider glass too ordinary to be worn in jewellery. It is unfortunate that glass jewellery no longer receives the respect that it did in the past; yet, in time it may enjoy revived popularity, as have wooden beads for example.
In our online jewellery shop you can get blue glass and purple glass pendants and glass earrings.


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