Tiny Hestia Earrings with Roman Glass Beads
I've been creating these "Hestia" style earrings for a while now, with a variety of stones or crystals to choose from, BUT THESE ARE A BRAND NEW ITERATION FEATURING ROMAN GLASS!
Hestia was the Greek Goddess of the hearth and family. These earrings are delicate but noticeable. Forged brass organically frames this row of Roman Glass Beads.
Roman glass is the result of a stunning piece of historic craftsmanship dating back 2,700 years to the time of the Roman Empire. Before then, glass was available only to the wealthy and was manufactured by core forming, casting, cutting and grinding. With the invention of the glass blowing around 50 BC, glass instantly became available to the less wealthy public. The Roman glass industry rapidly developed over a couple of generations during the first half of the first century A.D. Glass vessels became commonplace throughout the empire and were exported to places as far away as Scandinavia and the Far East. The people of the Roman Empire used more glass than any other ancient civilization.
The same sands used to make the glass helped preserve it through the centuries, shaping and molding it into the beautiful pieces excavated today. Two thousand years of burial in minerals and soil combined with wind and weather has resulted in pigmented deposits on the surface of the glass. Through oxidation, the pigment has developed into beautiful patinas of blues and greens, although other rarer colors can still be found.