The use of talismans and amulets dates back to the beginnings of humankind, although we have no way of knowing how the earliest of these objects were viewed or used. Beads carved of mammoth ivory have been excavated from a grave in Sungir, Russia, dating back 60,000 years (Upper Palaeolithic period), as well contemporary beads made from shell and fossil shark's teeth.
The oldest amulets are of Baltic amber, some from as long as 30,000 years ago and amber beads were discovered in Britain from 10,000 years ago, the end of the last ice age.
There have been malachite mines in Sinai since 4000 BC.
Amulets were banned by the Christian church in 355 AD, but gemstones continued to play an important role, with sapphire being the favoured gem for ecclesiastical rings in the 12th century.
And just in case, we offer a no quibble guarantee on any breakages or damages.
From 1905 to 1920, the designs made there were heavily influenced by two other glass companies: Tiffany and Steuben.
But the many different colors were the work of Jacob Rosenthal, a famous glass chemist who is known for developing chocolate and golden agate glass.
During the Great Depression and World War II, Fenton produced practical items (such as mixing bowls and tableware) due to shortages.
Jet was also popular and jet beads, bracelets and necklaces have been discovered in Palaeolithic gravesites in Switzerland and Belgium.
Cups, mugs and even decorative and collectible authentic German beer steins with pewter lids were all originally made for utilitarian purposes and were constructed from basic materials such as bone, wood and clay.
However, as soon as were able started to make them out of prettier more attractive materials such as crystal glass we did.
Founded in 1961, our glass paperweights have always been inspired by the beautiful colours of the Scottish landscape.
From the purple heather to the blue lochs, we’re proud to spend our time crafting among this unique scenery.