Copper ruby glass

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A deep red glass that was first produced by glass manufacturers in Bohemia in the 19th century. The deep red color is produce by microscopic size Copper and/or copper oxide particles dispersed the melt. Copper ruby glass may also contain salts of Selenium, Cadmium, and Arsenic. The Bohemian ruby glass was often cast in thin layers over clear glass, then carved for a two-tone decorative effect. In the 20th century, copper ruby glass was used for automobile taillights.

Synonyms and Related Terms

vidro rubi de cobre (Port.); Bohemian glass; Bohemian ruby glass

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 365
  • Thomas B. Brill, Light Its Interaction with Art and Antiquities, Plenum Press, New York City, 1980

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