Q: How old is Roman glass and why does it have some many different colors?

Our Roman glass is excavated in Israel from archaeological sites that date back 2000 years to the times of the Romans. The citizens of the Roman Empire used more glass products than any other civilization. Originally only available to the wealthy, the Romans discovered glass blowing which made glass commonplace for everyone. From table vessels that held olive oil to perfume bottles full of crushed rose petals, glass was used in every house. The Romans had a glass making factory in Eretz, Israel during the rule of Herod. Israel was one of the few places in the world where the climate enabled the preservation of the beautiful glass fragments. Two thousand years of contact with the minerals in the soil results in the rainbow patina deposited on the surface of the glass. Through oxidation, the patina developed these beautiful shades of blues and greens. Highly skilled jewelry designers in Israel handcraft each shard of glass into a unique Holy Land artifact. Each handmade piece is one-of-a-kind, and each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from our artist in Israel.