Heritage Splender In the Glass

The word “Bohemia” shimmers with romance, evoking images of wild-haired maidens skipping around maypoles or free-spirited artists starving in picturesque garrets. But for those in whom the passion for collecting antique costume jewelry burns with a hard, gem-like flame, “Bohemia” means something else entirely. It refers to that region of Central Europe which was named Czechoslovakia following World War I. In 1993, that nation split into two independent states: the Czech Republic and Slovakia. But it was in this region that the making of glass jewelry flourished for hundreds of years. The Taste for Paste Glass jewelry first appeared in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt during the third century B.C. Skilled artisans boiled sand and soda to form a scalding luminescent soup. They added a pinch of metallic oxide for color, creating adornments of such workmanship and beauty that they r
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