As I reach the end of my second regular blogging year (weekly in 2017; monthly in 2018 and onward…), this Goldstone research produced my first big “Aha!”
For almost 25 years, I have assumed Goldstone was one of my beloved semi-precious stones found in Nature. It’s called stone, right? But no! It is a glass product cooked up by artisans! I am not disappointed, dear readers, because it still is a fabulous glittering glass and it makes a great necklace. I am now informed!
The original goldstone manufacturing process was developed in 17th century Venice (and Murano) by the Miotti family and exclusively licensed to them by the Doge. The ingredients include silica, copper and other metal oxides to produce glass containing tiny crystals of metallic copper.
I have also used blue goldstone which I now know substitutes cobalt for copper.
This 22″ necklace contains two sizes of facteted goldstone with a center bead called a briolette, also faceted, which plays up the glitter very nicely. Copper clasp and matching earrings. $69 for the set.