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Gold-vermeil Roman Glass Earrings

$149.00

Price: $149.00

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Wear a piece of history with this conversation-starting jewelry made with ancient pieces of Roman glass. Excavated in Israel, the glass has picked up an iridescent patina from the earth in which it rested for about 2,000 years. 22-karat gold-vermeil wires encircle each glass disk, which may have once been a wineglass, jug, or other vessel. Gold-vermeil is a technique originally developed in mid 18th-century France as a way of gold-plating sterling silver.


Handcrafted in Israel. 1 1/2"L.

Vermeil (ver-MAY) is a metal frequently used in jewlery where sterling silver is coated with gold. It was originally produced in France in the mid 18th century.


The material also gave the Vermeil Room in the White House its name. In 1958, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower had an elaborate gold vermeil (also called gilt silver) tableset, a gift from mining heiress Margaret Thompson Biddle, displayed in glass vitrines there.


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2.0

Expected better from NatGeo

By me

from Virginia

About Me Career, Classic, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Unique

Cons

  • Poor Workmanship

Best Uses

  • Night Out

Comments about Gold-vermeil Roman Glass Earrings:

I bought both the earrings and the necklace and returned them both for credit. The irridesent "dust" that the pieces were made of were beautiful shades of blues, greens and pinks but the "stones" flaked off when you touched them...i was expecting a more solid piece of glass not very minute fragments melded together. There was a warning not to get them wet so I could understand the reason once I saw how they were crafted. I took them to a friend who is a fine jeweler designer and craftman...she, too, thought they were a disappointment, especially from NG.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More beautiful than I expected!

By Best NG Fan

from Solon, OH.

About Me Career, Classic

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Good Length
  • Good Quality
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday
    • Night Out

    Comments about Gold-vermeil Roman Glass Earrings:

    This collection is absolutely stunning and well-crafted. I cannot wait to wear the set. I plan to wear at the office and for night outs, which is what I love about the versatility of being able to wear this distinctive jewelry for different occasions.

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