Where East meets West

Time, the supreme artist.
Helped by the Earth, Heat and Cold, Chemical Processes, and Soil Movement.
Time is the author of this jewellery collection.

Long ago, 2000 years before now, objects made of transparent or coloured glass lived on the territory of today’s Israel, perhaps as bottles of perfume or wine glasses. They were then reduced to broken and discarded things. However, with each scratch or stain of their experience, each centimetre they sank deeper into soil, the artistic power of Time created beauty. In darkness the eye cannot accustom to, under pressure of tons of rock and sand, century after century, Time slowly changed, broke, joined, formed, and coloured glass.

Flakes of merged layers of glass – yellow, blue, red, violet, green, silver, gold – were then uncovered in modern archaeological excavations, and given new life.

Feeling the energy, respecting the unique story behind each individual piece, we clad pieces of glass in silver, accentuated their colours with semi-precious stones and used wool to create a whole. The eyes, imagination and skilled hands of the Elkana artistic workshop, with a touch of India’s Pushkar and its master goldsmiths, bring unique wearable pieces of history before you. Rimmed by precious metals, yet still free, glass continues to change – now depending on the background it is worn on.

The past meets the present. Darkness meets light. Imagination meets reality. The East meets the West. We encounter beauty.

The term Roman glass denotes ancient glass produced in the time of the Roman Empire, 2000 years ago. It is found at archaeological sites across the Mediterranean, particularly on the territory of present Israel.

In ancient Rome, glass was initially used for the production of vessels, by applying the techniques of trailing liquid glass over the sand core, casting molten glass into moulds and pressing glass gobs, because of which it was only accessible to the rich.

However, in the 1st century BC, the technique of glassblowing was invented. This technological turning point ushered in a mass production of glass objects, with a peak recorded during the reign of Emperor Augustus, when glass was used by all social classes and in all occasions, from households to fashion items.

Each found piece of Roman glass is marked by its history as an object of use, as well as by many centuries of the natural process that coloured it in recognisable blue and green hues. Over time, the underground decay of glass led to the so-called irisation, a phenomenon of creating flakes in the colours of the rainbow on the glass surface – one of the distinguishing features of Roman glass.