Renaissance Glass Handcrafted Jewelry
Our glass jewelry may be ordered from over 12 distinct color families. We are constantly improving our colors as we experiment and refine our work. We have a wide assortment of earring in both post and drop styles. All drop earring feature sterling silver ear wires and the post earrings are surgical steel.
Handcrafted in Asheville, North Carolina, USA
The glass we use in our jewelry is called dichroic glass. The glass was first developed for scientific applications such as lasers and space mirrors. Vaporized metal oxides are deposited on the glass in microscopically thin layers. The brilliant colors are produced from light being reflected just like what occurrs in a rainbow or a dragonfly wing.
We've worked with glass since 1976, but we started experimenting with dichroic glass a little over a decade ago and we've been at it ever since.There's an amazing amount of steps in creating every single piece of jewelry. Each piece is handled many times and there is no machine that can make our glass. We fire the glass to over 1400 degrees several times in order to achieve the right effect. Each firing can take up to 12 hours from start to finish. When the sheet of glass is cool enough, we cut the shapes with diamond tools, polish the glass, match the earrings by the patterns we see, and complete the design. It's a lot of steps and we do it by hand, but the results are worth it. It's like capturing lightning in a bottle and every time we open the kiln it's a new surprise.