Both beauty and history are in every piece of Roman glass jewelry. Glass is not actually a material associated with ancient society unlike pottery and stone, but it was very popular and widely produced in the Roman Empire which was found by archaeologists.
In Israel and other Mediterranean counties, Roman glass was discovered in excavation sites. Glass used in Roman glass jewelry originated from a vase, a jug, or a vessel. Glass was widely produced in ancient Israel and it became the larger producer because of the presence of sandy dunes and beaches there. This same sand was used to preserve, shape, and temper the glass used in jewelry pieces.
Glass was used by people of the Roman Empire more than any other ancient civilization. It was glassblowing that made it possible to produce glass which soon made glass something commonplace in Roman society. Glass vessels were mainly used for serving food, drinking, and washing hands between meal courses. Food and condiments were then stored in glass bottles and jars. When mourners sprinkled perfumes on pyres they used glass bottles and when ashes of the deceased were collected, they used glass urns. When making small to medium-sized vessels, it was the Roman glassmakers who made enough glass for this.
The development of Roman glass jewelry was due to the mass production of glass in the Roman Empire. Small shards of glass were found in excavations in Israel which were then used by jewelers who set them into gold, silver or another metal.
Because the roman glass had undergone an aging process, Roman glass jewelry has a unique attraction. The excavated glass contains contaminants and things in the environment in which the glass has spent hundreds of years, produce vibrant lusters and speckings instead of the original clarity and transparency. Te glass in roman glass jewelry can come with different colors like green, purple, blue and red which are the most common colors and which depend on the treatment and setting of the glass by the jeweler.
You will find many online companies selling Roman glass jewelry which includes Israeli companies. You can get a certificate of authentication for your Roman glass jewelry which is offered by many of these sources. Some companies offering Roman glass jewelry aim at preserving culture by partnering with artisans from unstable areas.
Because of its sensitivity to water, the surface of the glass can flake. If you wet your roman glass jewelry, it will lose its desirability as a striking piece of jewelry.
If you have a roman glass then you don’t need to clean it. If any changes occur to the roman glass, then it is just a natural reaction to the environment, a natural process that cannot be reversed.