ANTIQUE ESTATE STERLING SILVER CAMPHOR GLASS DIAMOND PENDANT NECKLACE ART DECO. 5 GRAMS PENDANT IS 1 1/2 X 1/2 INCH CHAIN IS 925 FROM ITALY 18 INCHES STONE IN MIDDLE HAS NOT BEEN TESTED TO SMALL TO GET A FIX ON IT. Camphor glass is clear glass that has been treated with hydrofluoric acid vapors to give it a frosted whitish appearance.
This effect resembles gum camphor, hence the name. Camphor glass was used throughout the decorative arts to make bottles, glass objects, lamp shades and more.The great French jewelers (Cartier, Boucheron, Mauboussin, and Fouquet, to name a few) were all using rock crystal in their jewelry designs by the mid 1920s. This material was not viewed as a cheap imitation of precious gems, but rather a thing of beauty in its own right. Used in both transparent and opaque forms, it was favored for its flawlessness and versatility. Due to its accessibility, crystal glass could be used in costume jewelry, as well, which contributed to its popularity.
The fashionability of the style, combined with the mass production mentality of the era, opened the door for camphor glass to replace rock crystal. It would often feature a radiant star design that would draw the eye to the center, which was usually set with a small diamond. The glass would be treated the same way a gemstone would, set into a delicate filigree frame, and worn as a pendant or earrings.
The glass was often colorless, but could also be blue or pink. In addition to jewelry, camphor glass was used in homewares and objet darts. Camphor glass jewelry continues to be prized by collectors.The frosted look has a timeless elegance and refinement that elevates it beyond the sum of its parts. Available in both fine gold and costume pieces, camphor glass jewelry is an accessible way to start your Art Deco jewelry collection.
The item "ANTIQUE ESTATE STERLING SILVER CAMPHOR GLASS DIAMOND PENDANT NECKLACE ART DECO" is in sale since Monday, January 11, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.