Glass jewelry is one of the unique pieces that are used worldwide as decorative items. These jewelry pieces are eco-friendly and can create a stylish and elegant look. Also, these jewelry pieces are less expensive than other ornaments. Glass jewelry can be created in many types of glasses. Some of them are given below: –
Fused Glass Jewelry
Fused glass jewelry is created by melting down single pieces of different colors at high temperatures in a furnace. These single pieces fused together and form a unique color. Then, the piece is converted into the desired shape and undergoes a cooling process. The fused glass can be further enhanced into desired shapes by the use of shaping tools or melted again. The dissimilar glasses don’t melt at the same temperature, so it is necessary to fuse only pieces that have proportional melting points. Also, overheating may result in an inconvenient fracture that will cause the glass to shatter into small pieces. The glass can only be heated up to three times at lower temperatures and this heating is called fire-polishing.
The jewelry items made from fused glass include pendants and earrings with different colors or textures.
Recycled Glass Jewelry
Recycled glass is commonly used in making jewelry as it is eco-friendly and can easily obtain. The jewelry is made from the glass objects such as wine bottles, broken kitchenware, windows, etc., that were thrown away. The glass is converted into jewelry by cutting, polishing, and fusing them in a kiln and due to heating, the color and texture of the glass also improve.
It doesn’t mean that you are buying second-hand jewelry because the jewelry made from recycled glass is extremely fresh. Recycled glass jewelry is best for people who want to look stylish and fashionable and want to take part in protecting the environment.
Jewelers can create almost all types of jewelry pieces from recycled glass and you can easily find such pieces in the market. Also, if you are emotionally connected with something made from glass and it broke then you can convert it into jewelry.
Dichroic Glass Jewelry
Dichroic glass has the property to reflect different colors when exposed to light and when treated with various metal oxides. It can produce rainbow colors like a prism when observed from different angles. This uniqueness of this glass adds extra shine to the jewelry piece and creates an elegant look.
This glass is based on the fabrication of thin-film optics. Several layers of glass and micro-thin layers of metals such as silver, gold, and their oxides are fused together under high temperature in a vacuum chamber. Then on the resultant crystal, a thin protective layer of quartz or other alternative is applied that produces a non-translucent glass with color shifting properties. Dichroic glass is used to make colorful beads, pendants, earrings, and other jewelry items.
Murano Glass Jewelry
Murano is a small island in Italy, located off the shore of Venice. It is famous for its tradition of glass-making and it also uses its trademark glass. The glass-makers use superior raw materials and have passed their skills down from generation to generation. Murano glass jewelry is very popular in the western world for its classic beauty and elegant look. Various jewelry pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc. are created using this glass. This glass is only created only on the island of Murano.
Sea Glass Jewelry
Sea glass is also known as beach glass, is found on the shores of bodies of water. The glass scraps and bottles in the water are breaks down by the movement of water. With time the glass is dragged across sand that creates smooth pieces of frosted glass which are perfect for creating jewelry. The colors of sea glass include aqua, rosy pink, purple, lime green, etc. The craftsmen create very eye-catching ornaments from the sea glass and the value of the jewelry is based on the color of the sea glass. For example, white is considered to be less expensive as it is very common.
After reading this, you might be ready to add new and unique jewelry pieces to your jewelry collection as this unique glass jewelry gives you a classy and glassy look. These glass jewelry pieces can create a personal fashion statement with your outfits.