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Ancient Roman glass
This ancient glass dates back to the Roman Empire of about 2000 years ago. During its long burial, the glass surface was physically altered, producing an exquisite iridescent surface coloring (patina) that resembles opal. Unique climate and soil conditions are necessary for the formation of this distinctive, beautiful glass. Israel is one of the few locations in the world where this occurs and it is the source of the glass shards used in this jewelry.

The curves and edges of a piece of glass may hint at the original form. Segments of a rim, fragments of a goblet stem and long-detached handles are easily recognized. Other sections show only the curvatures of the vessel or bottle. Occasionally seen are applied decorations in the form of stringers or lines of glass in the same or contrasting colors. Less frequently, stringers might be made of two colors twisted like a "candy cane" and applied to the edge or rim of a piece.

I believe the Roman glass is an extraordinary medium and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with it. The glass shards are remnants of objects made by anonymous workers living about 2000 years ago. I strive to honor their efforts and sensitivities in my use of the remnants of their creations by working with respect for those unwitting artists and by inviting the collaboration of our muses.

When not worn, I recommend storing the jewelry separately in a box or container to avoid bumps and abrasion. To protect the Roman glass patina please use the same care you would for fine pearls or opal. Put on your jewelry last, after using hairspray, cologne or other cosmetics and lotions. To clean the metal, wipe with a silver cleaning cloth and avoid rubbing glass surfaces.

See additional Roman glass jewelry featured in "Re-Viewing the Past" series.