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The origins of glass.

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The origins of glass.

The ancient Roman historian Pliny suggested that Phoenician merchants discovered the glass by chance in the region of Syria. The absence of  stones  to place their  pots on  and make fire to prepare meals, made them use part of natron (sodium carbonate) they had. The day after they discovered how after a reaction with the sand, natron melted and produced a shiny material. From there, the Phoenicians who were traders, took this discovery  throughout the Mediterranean, although the Egyptians were indeed the first to carry out the manufacture of glass, in the form of vitreous enamel, but with  a purely decorative use, giving color to translucent object to imitate the texture of some precious metals.

Natron

After centuries,  the Romans were the ones who imposed transparency through glassblowing, allowing large-scale production. It was at this time when most of the decorative techniques of glass, we stil use nowadays, were developed. The Middle Ages was a dark period in Europe, course of which the texture of the glass, in  accordance with the times, acquired a greenish coloration, hue obtained by the use in the manufacture of marine plants from the Mediterranean area, and held for centuries manufacturing techniques inherited from the Romans.

Murano Glass

It was during the Renaissance when one of the most famous crystals in the world was developed in Venice, it was endowed with an  excellent quality, fragility and transparency. The production of the glass was located in Murano island. The know-how was kept secret among the artisans of the region and was inherited from father to son.  Such was the desire to keep that knowledge in the region that the glass artisans were classified in different categories each ones of them had their special laws, the craftmens had privileges no other citizens had, but just in there, they were not allowed to abandon the Island., those  who did it and were discovered, received severe penalties, being even murdered. Even so there were craftsmen who managed to leave the island and settle in the Spanish coast and other  Central European  cities. One of this artisans arrived in Mallorca in the early 1700 and was the origin of Gordiola, brand  that Moncada Hispania represents as the exclusive worldwide distributor for the yachting industy. This glass dominated the market until well entered the XVIII century when the glass lived a second youth thanks to the contribution by the Germans of new techniques for treatment. From this moment Bohemia (now Czech Republic), has become a synonym of distinction in glass.

Bohemian Glass

Today, glass is with us at all times, and its many  uses have made it  an everyday item, but Gordiola, through its process and craftsmanship,  has converted this   everyday objects ,   into real gems.

 

If you are interested in those Gordiola Jewels you can download our catalogue from our websitehttp://www.moncadahispania.com/gordiola or you can also contact our  Boutique sales department at info@moncadahispania.com

 

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