Wearing jewellery has long been one of the best ways to express oneself. Doing it can also be a brilliant way to make a fashion statement, complete a dazzling outfit, provide an additional confidence boost, or enhance one’s natural beauty. And what better way to do all of these than by wearing glass jewellery?
Glass often used in windows, mirrors and glass splashbacks is also bold, colourful and impactful – these attributes best describe glass jewellery. It looks absolutely gorgeous. So whether you wear a glass ring, a glass pendant, glass beads, or glass earrings, you can safely assume that you’ll be a walking piece of art!
What’s even better is that some glass jewellery types are relatively inexpensive compared to ornamental pieces that use diamonds, rubies, emeralds and other precious gemstones as their centrepiece.
Interested in starting your own glass jewellery collection? Let’s take a look at the popular types of glass jewellery.
1. Fused Glass
Typically used in earrings and pendants, fused-glass jewellery is made by cutting glass into small pieces, layering each cut piece into desired pattern, and then heating them for 1200 to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit in a kiln. Once the glass has melted or fused together, it is slowly cooled and eventually shaped until desired look is achieved. Because of their creation process, fused-glass pieces feature completely unique designs that are nothing short of magical.
2. Recycled Glass
This type of glass jewellery is excellent for those who want to wear a beautiful piece and simultaneously help save our environment. Recycled glass jewellery is made from antique glass, used wine bottles, old glassware, broken windows, and other salvaged glass products that have been repurposed to craft various types of lovely and memorable pieces. How it is made is simple: the reclaimed glass is usually cut and then put into a kiln to improve its quality, and each piece can either be used on its own or fused together to create an entirely different look.
3. Murano Glass
Perhaps the most beautiful glass jewellery type out there, Murano glass boasts a rich history that dates back many centuries ago, when the art of glassmaking became a fad in Italy. This type of glass jewellery is easily distinguishable because of its trademark design of small flowers which are etched inside the glass. Each piece of Murano glass is made by the hand of skilled artisans, who normally use superior raw materials to ensure that every work is as classic and sophisticated as can be.
4. Sea Glass
Made from a special kind of glass often found on beach shores, sea-glass jewellery (also called beach glass) is a glass jewellery type that comes in many different brilliant colours, in which the value of a sea glass colour is based on its rarity. For instance, red and cobalt blue are harder to find than other colours, making the two much more expensive to buy. There are two techniques used for making sea-glass jewellery – the first one is to wrap individual pieces of sea glass with silver or gold wire to form bracelets, earrings or a pendant, and the other one is to use a bevel to mount the sea glass on a pendant or ring. Either way, sea-glass jewellery always has this exquisite beauty that always seems so pure.
5. Dichroic Glass
Characterized by its one-of-a-kind ability to reflect an array of different colours, dichroic glass shares a similar crafting process with fused-glass pieces. It is also made by layering pieces of glass and then fusing them under high temperature. But despite that, dichroic glass manages to have its own distinct look and qualities because of a few additional steps that include adding micro-thin layers of metals on the fusing process and applying a protective coat of quartz on the fused glass. As a result, each dichroic piece is non-translucent, has brilliant colour shifting properties, and looks absolutely spectacular.