Available Sizes –
- oval – 10×14 mm, 10x12mm, 5x7mm, 4×6 mm
- round – 13 mm
Circa – 1950’s – 1970’s
Color – Crystal AB – clear crystal with an aurora borealis finish
Condition – fair, with signs of wear
Material – glass
Origin – West German
Reverse Side – flat back with gold foil
Style – smooth glass cabochon (no hole)
These vintage glass cabochons were manufactured in West Germany from the 1950’s – 1970’s for the costume jewelry trade; they were meant to resemble gemstones, which is evidenced by quirky color names like “saphyr” and “topas”. These are transparent colored stones with an aurora borealis coating that lends flashes of blue, gold and green when the light hits. The back is coated with gold foil that adds a bright, reflective quality to the color.
Glass cabochons are not drilled like beads, so they do not have holes. Their flat backs make them perfect for gluing or mounting in bezels. Since they come in standard calibrated sizes, they fit well with most vintage and contemporary stone settings (just be sure to check that you’re getting the right size stones for your project).
These affordable old jewels show a bit more wear than my other cabochons styes. They’re still beautiful and usable, but you may notice minor imperfections that are typical for glass of this age such as small nicks, “fleabites” in the foil, or foil oxidization on the back. Some are in excellent condition – and we do cull damaged stones – but you should expect a vintage “shabby chic” look as shown in the photos.