The Wonder of Glass
The people of the Roman Empire were a mix of many different cultures, religions, and societies. They enjoyed varying economic statuses and took advantage of the extensive trade network throughout the Empire. Trade allowed new and foreign technologies and materials to be quickly distributed across the Mediterranean Sea and to lands beyond. The methods for creating and shaping originated in the eastern region of the Empire, according to Pliny the Elder, a Roman author and naturalist. Pliny reported that the material of glass was discovered accidentally by Phoenician merchants on a beach in the region of Syria long before the Romans ruled the Mediterranean. In actuality, the technology of glass probably developed in the regions of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, where the oldest man-made glass objects have been found
Ancient people found that glass was an incredibly useful material. When cooled, it hardened into a solid that could be used for storage or decoration. When reheated, the glass became pliable and could be manipulated into shapes such as beads, bowl, vases, or figurines. Glass served the purposes of gold, silver, and ceramics yet was less expensive than the metals and more impressive than the terracotta. In its most desirable form it resembled the clear and colorless rock crystal that was so highly prized by Romans. Glass provided a more affordable luxury for those Roman people who could not indulge in metal cups, bowls, and pitchers.
Certificate Of Authenticity
This piece of hand made jewelry is set with Authentic 2000 year old roman glass. Manufactured by the ancient Roman in 2 B.C . This glass was found in archeological diggings Throughout the holy land.