Dichroic Glass Jewelry

"Dichroic" glass displays more than one color viewed from different angles, creating a fiery iridescence. Thin layers of metallic oxides such as titanium, silicon and magnesium are deposited on the surface of the glass in a high-temperature vacuum furnace. The resulting color is determined by individual oxide compositions. Each piece is then hand made, layering multiple pieces of glass and fusing in a kiln. Special cutting techniques and multiple kiln firings are required to achieve the final piece used to create the finished jewelry item.

Because of the unique color-changing properties of dichroic glass, the look of these products is difficult to capture on film and may appear slightly different when received.

Many of the glass pieces used have been specially created by Karen Nan Varela and more of her creations can be viewed on her website Karen Nan Designs. All wire wrapping done by Michele Gregory, Creative Wire Wear.

Pink and Black Everyday

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Handmade dichroic bead, crafted by Karen Nan Varela, in shades of pink and gray, on a background of black. Simply wrapped in argentium silver wire. Accented with a Swarovski crystal in light rose.

Dichroic bead measures 17 mm x 22 mm. Finished length of pendant is 2 inches. Weight 0.2 oz.

Large bail was specifically designed for use with this magnetic and silicone black necklace, measures 20 inches in length. Necklace available, as an additional purchase.

Purple, Green and Black Everyday

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Handmade dichroic bead, crafted by Karen Nan Varela, in purple and green, on a black background. Simply wrapped in argentium silver wire. Accented with a Swarovski crystal in vitrail medium.

Dichroic bead measures 15 mm x 22 mm. Finished length of pendant is just under 2 inches. Weight 0.2 oz.

Large bail was specifically designed for use with this magnetic and silicone black necklace, measures 20 inches in length. Necklace available, as an additional purchase.

Rainbow on White Everyday

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Handmade dichroic bead, crafted by Karen Nan Varela. The play-of-color, display of rainbow-like hues which changes with the angle of observation as light reflects off the surface, flashes shades of pink, blue, green, purple and yellow on a background of white. Simply wrapped in argentium silver wire. Accented with a Swarovski crystal in rose water opal.

Dichroic bead measures 38 mm x 18 mm. Finished length of pendant is 2¾ inches. Weight 0.4 oz.

Large bail was specifically designed for use with this magnetic and silicone black necklace, measures 20 inches in length. Necklace available, as an additional purchase.

Pale Green Shimmer

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Handmade dichroic glass bead, crafted by Karen Nan Varela. A pale green, branch-like, shimmer on a background of pink. Simply wrapped in argentium silver wire. Accented with a Swarovski crystal in light rose.

Dichroic bead measures 36 mm x 1 9mm. Finished length of pendant is 2¾ inches. Weight 0.4 oz.

Large bail was specifically designed for use with this magnetic and silicone black necklace, measures 20 inches in length. Necklace available, as an additional purchase.

Aventurine Green

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Dichroic glass used here was personally made by ME!
Started by making a brick of glass. After firing, a saw is used to cut the glass brick into various size and shaped pieces. Top edges are rounded using a grinder. The piece is then re-fired. A time consuming process BUT the results are ALWAYS well worth the time required! Build on an aventurine green background adds sparkles throughout this piece of dichroic glass. Shades of green, brown and blue can be seen. Wrapped in sterling silver wire in more of a free floating design.

Dichroic glass piece measures 42 mm x 21 mm. Finished size of pendant is 63 mm x 33 mm. Weight 0.4 oz.

Mauve Shimmer

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Handmade dichroic donut, crafted by Karen Nan Varela. Shades of mauve, yellow and golden sparkle appear to float across the clear background. Wrapped in 14kt rolled gold wire.

Dichroic donut measures 34 mm in diameter. Finished length of pendant is 2⅛ inches. Weight 0.7 oz.

Reminiscent of Amber

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Dichroic glass piece used here also personally made by ME!
Also started by making a brick of glass and grooving for a simpler wrap design. Built on a black background, shades of gold and orange are the primary colors seen. Wrapped in 14kt rolled gold wire.

Dichroic glass piece measures 69 mm x 17 mm. Finished size of pendant is 78 mm x 2 2mm. Weight 0.7 oz.

Bursting in Color

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Dichroic glass piece used here also personally made by ME!
Also started by making a brick of glass. This piece was also grooved for a simpler wrap design. Built on a black background, shades of orange, lime green, purple and blue float within this glass piece. Wrapped in argentium silver wire.

Dichroic glass piece measures 39 mm x 14 mm. Finished size of pendant is 50 mm x 19  mm. Weight 0.4 oz.

Speckled Splendor

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This dichroic glass piece has several layers and gone through multiple firings to achieve a speckled appearance in shades of purple, green, red, gold and blue. Color changes when held at varied angles. Glass made by Wil Peterson, expert wire artist. Wrapped in 20 gauge sterling silver wire using a prong setting. Accented with sterling silver beads. Wear this colorful pendant with many different colors, on a 3 - 4mm omega chain.

Dichroic glass piece measures 33 mm x 23 mm and is 7 mm thick. Finished size is 54 mm x 29 mm. Weight 0.7 oz.