Camphor Glass

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. A revival of the look in a faux Art Deco style became very popular again in the late twentieth century.

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Antique Camphor Glass Drop Necklace Mounted in 14 Karat White Gold with Diamond.
Photo Courtesy of Lang Antiques.