Centuries ago, mankind learned to shape and
mold glass into works of delicate beauty.
Transparent or opaque, simple or ornate, richly
colored or somber in hue, glass was prized as an
ornament by queen and commoner alike. The
Romans especially enjoyed wearing glass jewelry
of elegant shape and in colors that imitated rare
and precious gems like lapis, turquoise, agate or
onyx. Mosaic glass might echo the bands and
stripes of stone or the bright petals of flowers.
As is still common today in the Mediterranean,
children wore jewelry that imitated the fashions
of adults. Imagine this pretty bracelet upon the
slender wrist of a child in the classical age. We
can hear the child's laugh, echoed by the jangle
of her bracelets. From such a clue as this we can
imagine a vanished life, an entire world.