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Glass Jewels

Glass Jewels

During the Victorian era, stained glass artisans often included glass "jewels" in the windows they created for their wealthy patrons. These craftsmen used the jewels to create a frame to encircle important parts of the design, or studded the repetitious border with jewels, alternating them with plain strips of colored glass. They might also use these jewels to depict the centers of flowers, or to emphasize important centers of interest.

Later, the glass jewels took on an important function when the style for jewels in ornate jewel boxes and cigarette boxes became important. They were used to depict butterfly bodies, flower centers, grapes, and crowd scenes in bull-fights. In hanging window ornaments they soon became important for owls' eyes, wombat ears, large caviar, and similar things.

Jewels are now in great demand for jewelry work, such as ear rings, pendants, fusing projects and the like.

Our offering covers almost the entire gamut of possibilities, and we solicit your interest in obtaining some of these jewels for your next project.


Round Faceted Glass Jewels
Round Faceted Glass Jewels
The illustration is a sample of round cuts in various colors and sizes.

These clear glass faceted stones, called "round cuts" have 17 facets, regardless of size. The stones have been cast, and then polished by tumbling in a slurry of fine carborundum, so that they are polished to a mirror-like finish. The edges are tapered to about 1/16" so that they can be wrapped in copper foil or in lead came.
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Smooth, Round Glass Jewels (Cabochons)
Smooth, Round Glass Jewels (Cabochons)
Unfaceted jewels are called cabochons, (or "cabs" by the insiders), from the French en cabochon, not faceted.

Cabochons are a lower key ornamental component which intrude less in the overall design. Most of the various versions of the famous Tiffany Studios Dragonfly lamp shades use cabochons to depict the eyes of the dragonfly, as well as other features.
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Fancy Victorian-Style Jewels
Fancy Victorian-Style Jewels
Crystal clear jewels to add sparkle, elegance and romance to your stained glass windows, panels, lampshades, jewelry boxes and the like. Heck, you could even stick one on the end of your flashlight and your next power outage will not seem so interminably long.

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Vintage Jewels
Vintage Jewels

Most of our vintage jewels were purchased in the early 1970s -- some from Nervo, some from Leo Popper & Sons, some from Heaven knows where. Some were manufactured as far back as the early 1900s. Although they might be dusty, they are not used -- they are new, and might even be wrapped in their original packaging. 

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