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    Posted 8 months ago

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    I have had this vintage necklace for quite some time. I needs some mending. I love the art deco style. Today I found out it glows in the dark. Who can tell me more about this glass? What is the term of it in English?

    Thanjs for info from Valentino. Now I know it is uranium glass. I hope some collector of uranium glass can tell us more, is it same to ware and handle? Thank you.

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago

      Uranium glass is glass which has had uranium, usually in oxide diuranate form, added to a glass mix before melting for coloration. The proportion usually varies from trace levels to about 2% uranium by weight, although some 20th-century pieces were made with up to 25% uranium.[1][2]

      Uranium glass was once made into tableware and household items, but fell out of widespread use when the availability of uranium to most industries was sharply curtailed during the Cold War in the 1940s to 1990s. Most such objects are now considered antiques or retro-era collectibles, although there has been a minor revival in art glassware. Otherwise, modern uranium glass is now mainly limited to small objects like beads or marbles as scientific or decorative novelties.
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
      There's a lot of info online, above was from Wikipedia. I have never tested my glass beads or any glass with a black light to see if they glow. You'll see some here on CW do and maybe can tell you more. NOW, what are you going to do with your necklace? XOXO
    3. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 months ago
      Thanks Valentino! And I don't know what to do now?! It doesnt sound like something one would want to wear? ......
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
      It's completely safe in this tiny glow. I meant are you going to restring your necklace? From what I understand from posts about uranium glass, the glow is an unusual trait but not dangerous. I don't know why "the glow" is so popular. And, if an expert can share more information, please do.
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 months ago
      Oh ok Val: ) :)
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 months ago
      Found this on CW about uranium
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
      Thanks for sharing this article, but still not afraid of your glass beads or vintage glass dishes. Comments go both sides of the issue relating to uranium. I am more afraid of the chemicals used now in plastics, clothes, tennis shoes (etc) made cheaply worldwide right now.
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 months ago
      Yes that is a point worth thinking about :)
    9. racer4four racer4four, 8 months ago
      I'm not a big uranium glass collector Elisabethan but the reason I find uranium glass cool is really the novelty of it, and the way the item has a kind of secret personality that only shows up under black light.
      It's really no more dangerous than lead crystal because the radiation is so low and would require ingestion as fine particles. Just don't grind up and swallow the beads!
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 months ago
      Ha ha race4four:) ! I will stay away from eating the beads. Thanks for the nice comment. Feel calmer now.
    11. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 8 months ago
      Lovely necklace!
      I would wear it in a minute! :)
    12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 months ago
      Thank you very much Ms.ChrystalShip, love that coment of yours :) Have a nice weekend
    13. OLECODY OLECODY, 4 months ago
      These are cool I bet this necklace would of been very popular in the 60s I can almost picture a hippie chick dancing around under a black light anybody remember black light parties I sorta do lol
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 months ago
      Thanks! I remeber Olecody:) not the 60's but the black light parties :)
    15. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Not signed and great and truly vintage!

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