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Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Roman Glass


Where does the glass come from?

The glass is excavated in Israel, in archeological sites dating back to the period of the Romans, who refined glass-making and were leaders in developing the glass making industry almost 2000 years ago.  It was an industrial revolution and Israel became a major glass-making center.  Glass, once a rarity found only in the homes of royalty and the wealthy, became a common household object, used for everyday items such as plates, bowls and jars.


Isn’t there a limited supply of this glass?

True, the supply is not infinite and the glass cannot be manufactured artificially.  However, Israel is one of the few locations in the world in which a series of geological and climatic phenomena coincide enabling the formation and preservation of the strikingly colorful glass.  Two thousand years of contact with mineral rich, damp soil couples with oxidation to form the precious glass.


Why is each piece shaped differently?

The fragment of glass inlaid in each jewel was originally part of a plate, vase, cup or other glass object used two thousand years ago.  Each object was hand blown.  This accounts for the varying shapes and thickness of the glass fragments.


Why is each piece colored differently?

The glass has been exposed to oxide rich damp soil for close to 2000 years.  This exposure results in the formation of the colorful, outer layer called Patina. Colors vary depending on the minerals and the conditions to which the glass has been exposed. Each and every piece of glass is unique.


Is there any special treatment?

Roman Glass jewelry should be treated as any other fine jewel.  Creations with inlaid fragments of the natural glass can be easily cleaned with reliable silver jewelry cleansers. The fragments of glass coated with a layer of natural patina should not come into contact with water or liquid polish. A bit of rain won’t hurt, but it is best to remove the jewel before bathing or swimming.


The glass is genuine and comes with an official Certificate of Authenticity.

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                                           Site last updated: October 2019