Posted 12 years ago
Imitation may be the greatest form of flattery, but buying an imitation can be an expensive mistake. This Victorian brooch is a great example of genuine saphiret glass. The color changes from mauvish brown to aqua blue. This glass was made in Gablonz in the early part of the last century. Not all saphiret glass was faceted, but even the cabochons change color. Saphiret glass is all the rage now and it is just as rare as genuine Art Nouveau Pools of Light (undrilled rock crystals wrapped in sterling cigar bands) and Iris glass (where the stripes of color are embedded in the stones). We have seen a lot of jewelry listed for sale as saphiret glass that runs the gamut from aurora borealis coated rhinestones to dichrotic blue glass. If you are in the market for saphiret glass and in doubt simply ask the question, "What colors do you see when you move the glass in the light?" A genuine piece of saphiret glass is a rare and true find. Simply put, it trips the light fantastic. Happy hunting!