Roman Glass is ancient glass discovered in archaeological excavation sites in Israel and other Mediterranean countries. The sources of the glass in a piece of Roman jewelery originally belonged to a vase, jug or vessel. The presence of sandy dunes and beaches made ancient Israel one of the largest glass producers of the Roman Empire, and the same sands helped preserve, shape and temper the glass used in jewelery pieces.
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According to Archaeology.org, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, the peoples of the Roman Empire used more glass than any other ancient civilization. Glassblowing, which made large-scale glass production practicable, was discovered in the Syro-Palestinian region during the first century B.C., and by the first century A.D. glass vessels were commonplace throughout the empire.
Glass vessels were used for serving food, drinking and washing hands between meal courses. Foods and condiments were stored in glass bottles and jars, glass bottles were used by mourners to pour libations and sprinkle perfumes on pyres, and the ashes of the deceased were sometimes collected in glass urns.
Excavations in the Syro-Palestinian region show that late Roman glassmakers could make enough glass for tens of
thousands of small- to medium-size vessels in a single operation.
When you work with this unique material in designing a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, you are literally working with a piece of 2,000-year-old history. Each special bead or cab bears the marks of not only its past life as a household or temple object, but has also been transformed by the very earth in which it rested.
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