Roman Glass Chai Earrings
Total lenght: 1 3/4"
These complex sterling silver and Roman glass earrings have two unique stages consisting of an overlaid silver piece with a cutout of a Chai and a section of knotted silver. The bottom section is a 3/8 inch diameter silver disc that is framed by sterling silver beaded wire and a circular bale at the top. At the center the two Hebrew letters that spell 'Chai' are cut out in 1/4 inch high letters. The disk is backed by a piece of Roman glass.
The center section is a stylized sterling silver knot with a circular bale at the base which connects to the disc and a circular bale at the top which attaches to a fishhook ear wire.
Roman Glass is a unique material found primarily in Israel in archaeological excavations. Because of the resourcefulness of the ancient Roman Empire, the manufacturing of glass became widespread and affordable during that era. After the fall of the Roman Empire these shards of glass were remnants of the ancient civilization that were left behind. The shards of glass have been buried in Israel's ground where environmental conditions reacted to the glass to produce dazzling colors. Archaeologists find no importance in these shards but they have become highly prized by jewelers who set quality pieces into silver jewelry.
Each shard has its own distinctive color pattern of glittering flecks, making every piece a one-of-a-kind.
*Please, keep in mind that Roman Glass is sensitive to moisture. To preserve this rare and ancient material, please exercise caution and avoid contact with water.
Made in Israel.