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    • July 12, 2020 What is Roman Glass
      What is Roman Glass In ancient times, the Roman Empire stretched across much of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. As the most advanced civilization up until that time, the Romans began experimenting with and perfecting the manufacture of glass. We know this as Roman Glass, Jerusalem Glass, and ancient Israeli Glass. At first, glass making was extremely expensive and the finished pieces were used only by the wealthy as jars, vases, glasses, and various types of receptacles such as the ones seen here on our website. During this era, both BCE and CE, they were able to gradually improve the quality and quantity of what was produced, and it evolved to more common items that many people could afford. The discovery of advanced silica (where the glass comes from) extraction methods, chemical agents such as natron and lime, and the identification of the best sand sources all created a large industry 2000 years ago. By the 2nd and 3rd centuries, modern-day Israel became the center of glassmaking throughout the Roman Empire because of the high-quality sand that was found there in the Negev Desert. For this reason, Israel is the source of most of the quality Roman Glass shards found today for jewelry making. Both the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Eretz Israel Museum-Glass Pavilion at the Eretz Museum in Tel Aviv have outstanding collections of Roman Glass and are world-renowned for their exhibits.
    • July 12, 2020 How Do I Care For Roman Glass Jewelry?
      How Do I Care For Roman Glass Jewelry?

      Like all fine jewelry, Roman Glass needs some attention to keep it in tip-top condition. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

      --Keep your Roman Glass jewelry dry. If you are going into the pool or shower, or about to wash your hands while wearing your Roman Glass ring, please take off the jewelry. If exposed to too much water, the surface of the glass can become cloudy. It's better to be safe than sorry!

      --Sterling silver is the same on all .925 jewelry. Clean the piece or the chain with a dry polishing cloth, being careful not to wipe the glass itself. You can keep your Roman Glass jewelry in a plastic bag, or in a jewelry box designed to keep silver jewelry from tarnishing.

      --Wear your Roman Glass jewelry as much you can. You will receive many compliments whenever you wear it!

    • July 12, 2020 How Is Roman Glass Jewelry Made?
      How Is Roman Glass Jewelry Made?

      Although early Roman Glass was very expensive and its use limited to the wealthy, over time the manufacturing techniques allowed for much more everyday use for the glass--bottles, vases, bowls, drinking glasses, and plates for instance. Discoveries of top quality sands, extraction techniques, and chemical additives such as lime and natron all added to the growth of the industry. Interestingly, Roman Glass was not made for window glass until much later in its existence! As glass is fragile and it breaks often, much of it was disposed of and can be found in digs, middens, and excavations. Though the supply is not unlimited, enough of the shards exist to support the Roman Glass jewelry made in Kiryat Gat, Israel by our dedicated suppliers who have over 40 years experience in the fine craftsmanship required to make the jewelry. Sterling silver settings provide a luxurious, yet affordable elegance.

      In our pages, you will find Roman Glass earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, crosses, Judaica and Stars of David, and hamsas or "Hands of God" as they are sometimes known. Many of the pieces come in sets where you can buy Roman Glass as matching earrings and necklaces. We offer a 10% discount on sets, too!

      You will notice that some of the pieces are clear and others have a lovely multicolored surface patina. These differences result from oxidation that occurs over 2000 years of being in contact with the soil of differing moisture levels and mineral concentrations. All the glass started out as that wonderful blue/green color that reminds many of the ocean or summer, but every finish is different and each piece is unique. 2000 years is a long time, isn't it!

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