Camphor glass jewelry is a particular favorite of mine. It’s unusual and elegant. I almost never go a whole day wearing one of my camphor glass necklaces with somebody asking me about it.
Art Deco 14K Gold, Diamond Camphor Glass Pendant Necklace.
First of all, what is camphor glass? Lang Antiques Antique Jewelry University has the answer, as they so often do:
“Camphor glass is clear glass that has been treated with hydrofluoric acid vapors to give it a frosted whitish appearance. This effect resembles gum camphor, hence the name. Camphor glass was used throughout the decorative arts to make bottles, glass objects, lamp shades and more. In jewelry the glass was often cast with a star pattern on the reverse to give it a radiant appearance. Camphor glass was made to imitate the carved rock crystal quartz that was popular from the mid-nineteenth century through the 1930’s.”
The best part about camphor glass jewelry is that it’s not too hard to find affordable(ish) pieces. Prices vary depending on the materials involved, the quality and complexity of the piece, and the presence or absence of gemstone embellishments. I’ve fallen head over heels for camphor glass pendants around $80 (at the fabulous Legendary Beast). Ebay and Etsy are also good places to look for these more affordable pieces.
I’ve collected a number of samples to show you, at varying price points. As with any online shopping, please don’t forget to make sure that the pretties you’re admiring are the right size before you pull the trigger. My jewelry sizing cheat sheet can help.
Large Art Deco sterling & marcasite camphor glass pendant necklace for sale at The More the Merrier: Vintage Jewelry on Ruby Lane. ($115)
Sun ray camphor glass pendant/necklace with diamond filigree for sale on Ebay ($165).
Vintage Camphor Glass Pendant on 15″ Sterling Chain for sale at Style and Grace on Ruby Lane. ($75)
Art Deco rhodium filigree and camphor glass necklace sold on ebay. ($113.59)