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The first glass jewels

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The first glass jewels appeared a long time before man controlled the production of this material. In fact, glass is an element that naturally exists on Earth from time immemorial. According to scientists, it was already on our planet several hundreds of thousands of years ago. However, man used for the first time a natural glass of volcanic origin for making jewels, and creating other objects as well, around the year 100 000 BC. This volcanic glass, the obsidian, was rich in silica and came from the fusion of acid lavas. The first obsidian fragments collected by humans to fashion jewellery were red, dark green, grey or black. All these jewels had an opaque colour since translucent crystal glass was made by man much later.

The first glass jewels

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