Pear shaped drops hold Ancient Roman glass overlaid with oxidized Sterling Silver filigree on these fanciful french wire earrings. The romantically designed drops measure approximately 15mm by 19.5mm, and the earrings hang about 34mm. Color of Roman glass will vary. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity. Item is .925 Sterling Silver, an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals to make the metal strong enough for making fine jewelry. Photos of jewelry are enlarged to show detail.
Filigree Ancient Roman Glass Earrings
According to Archaeology.org, the peoples of the Roman Empire used more glass than any other ancient civilization. Glassblowing techniques developed about 2000 years ago in the Roman Empire made large-scale glass production of plates, vases, bowls, and jars practical. Today, this ancient glass is recovered in archaeological excavations in Mediterranean countries. Contaminants manufactured into the glass combined with centuries of resting in mineral-rich soil caused vibrant lusters and speckling to develop in place of the original clarity and transparency of the glass. Mother Earth developed beautiful patinas in shades of aqua, blue, green, purple and red in the glass. Fragments of these ancient hand-blown glass objects that are of little value to archeologists are used by jewelers to craft stunning pieces for our enjoyment. Skilled artisans carefully choose ancient glass fragments, clean them to reveal their patina, cut and shape the glass, and mount it to make top-quality jewelry. Every piece of Roman Glass jewelry is a one-of-a-kind bit of history enhanced by nature to be worn and treasured for generations!
Since roman glass is 2000 years old, it should be treated as such. Like pearls, if you treat your treasures right, they will give you years of enjoyment and be something special you can hand down as a family heirloom to a younger family member someday.
Don’ts for Roman Glass Jewelry
Don’t get roman glass jewelry wet. Don’t go swimming, or shower, or bathe with the jewelry on.
Don’t get hairspray, perfume, body lotion, oils, etc. on Roman Glass Jewelry. Oils can change the chemical elements of the glass and cause its colors to change and turn murky.
Do’s for Roman Glass Jewelry
Do clean the gold or silver setting with a jewelry cleaning/polishing cloth. Use the cloth gently and carefully: polish all the areas you can reach without touching the roman glass. You’ll see that once the metal is polished, any roman glass jewelry will look shiny once more – when the metal is clean, the glass really stands out.
Do wear it in good health and enjoy the compliments from everyone around you. Roman glass always makes a statement of beauty and class.