SAGE# 68738
ASI# 75593
 

Amber Art Glass Award
       
Amber
Item No. 1966

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A combination of amber and opaque neutral powders are applied to molten gathers of clear glass.

After fusing at 1,800 degrees a reaction occurs that produces a robins egg blue halo surrounding the central elements in the design.

Our goal was to produce a new glass with the depth, magic and glow of naturally occurring fossilized amber.

Much of the amber we use today ranges in age between 30 and 50 million years, however, the oldest examples date back 320 million years.

During the Paleolithic era, from 45,000 to 12,000 B.C. amber was used as a gemstone and the nomads of the Mesolithic, 12,000 to 4000 B.C. used it for hunting.

The ancient Greeks thought amber were pieces of frozen sunshine that had broken away and dropped into the sea.

In the Slavic tradition, amber was the tears of their Gods and Neolithic tribes believed the souls of the dead were held inside the stones rich tones.

Natural amber is still a highly prized gemstone and used extensively in jewelry; see the amber necklace to the left.





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