In 1996 I discovered - quite by accident - a wealth of magnificent vintage and antique glass findings that had been languishing for decades in a storehouse .
- SPLENDOR IN THE GLASS has been voted the WINNER of About.com's Reader's Choice Award for "Best Vintage Beads" !
For over 17 years designers, collectors, and antique
restorers have turned to Splendor In The Glass for the fine quality, unique
vintage pieces they demand.
We've been called "...a virtual museum of vintage
and antique glass."
Here's what others have said:
"Splendor in the Glass ... bead buyers have a
miraculous ability to find rare, unusual, and unique vintage beads,
cabochons, pendants, and other bead related items. The prices are
excellent and the beads are always beautiful, shipped lovingly, and in
excellent condition. Customer service is a strong priority, and they
are highly recommended."
"Spectacular, rare vintage glass beads with very fair pricing."
"Ellen is the Indiana Jones of the jewelry world ! The
treasures she unearths are like none I've ever seen."
We are honored to have been named in Kaari Meng's exquisite book
"French Inspired Jewelry".
Kaari has been featured on Oprah, and Martha Stewart, and in O, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, and Romantic Homes magazines.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our vintage pieces have been incorporated into the beautiful creations of many noted designers. They've embellished designer couture on the New York runways and have been worn on television shows including "Vampire Diaries", Friends", and "Entertainment Tonight". They've also been featured in Lucky, In Style, and Accessories Magazine, among others.
You'll be amazed at the treasures you'll find at Splendor In The Glass - including many of the same stones, beads, and pendants used by past jewelry designers
Miriam Haskell, Hattie Carnegie, Trifari, Whiting Davis, Renoir, Schreiner, Freirich ,Fishel Nessler, and many, many more.
Some of our rare and collectible antique pieces can be seen in noted author Sibylle Jargstorf's definitive book, Baubles, Buttons and Beads - The Heritage of Bohemia.
** ONCE UPON A TIME... (aka The Splendor In The Glass story) **
The owners were interested in disposing of the contents and casually invited me to see what they had.
Upon entering the poorly lit industrial warehouse , I saw nothing but ceiling-high shelves of dusty old boxes.
But as I began to lift the lids, I soon realized the treasure this warehouse held.
Thousands of boxes contained some of the most unique and beautiful glass I had ever seen.
Adding to the excitement was the realization that much of the glass was in its original unopened packaging.
Imagine the thrill of unsealing crumbling old cardboard boxes whose contents had not seen the light of day since the early 1900's. The fact that these fragile little pieces survived a century of neglect seemed almost miraculous to me.
Having no practical use for any of this did not deter me for a moment. I knew I had to "rescue" each and every piece.
And so was born "Splendor In The Glass".
Though I now have my own warehouse of dusty old boxes, I continue to "rescue" old glass whenever I can find it.
My extraordinary offering of vintage and antique glass continues to grow.
I can confidently say that while you may find larger collections, you will never find a finer, more unique one than right here on my website.
I hope you enjoy your visit and look forward to hearing from you if I can be of assistance.
Splendor In The Glass is located in Central Florida.
You can contact me:
- by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- by phone - if you'd like to speak with us, please send an email with your phone number and we'll call you. We no longer post our phone number, as we are constantly inundated with unwanted telemarketing calls.
And now for the business stuff....* The minimum order is $1.
* Items are priced per single piece, unless otherwise noted in the description.
* Stones and Cabochons usually do not have holes. If they do, it will be noted in the description.
How to order:
* You can order directly through the site using the Shopping Cart with a MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, PayPal, Check, Money Order, or Google Checkout.
Our SHOPPING CART IS SECURE - when you reach the check out page, you'll see the "http" in the adress bar change to "https". That tells you that you are in a secure area.
Any information that you input, such as
your credit or debit card number, is encrypted and remains private.
We NEVER share your private information.
* You can also place your order via email or phoneJust specify the Item #'s, Quantities, and Color choice (if applicable).
Please include your name, shipping address, email address, and payment information.If you need a PayPal invoice, let me know and I'll be happy to email one.
*** If you're paying with MasterCard, Visa, or American Express, please remember to include the expiration date and the Security Code.
It is the last 3-digits on the reverse of your MasterCard or Visa, near
the signature panel. It is the 4-digit number on the front of your
American Express card.
* Orders are shipped from Central Florida within 5 business days of
Domestic orders ship via U.S. Mail with your choice of First
Class, Priority, or Express Mail.
ONLY Express Mail provides a tracking number.
International orders are shipped via your choice of Air Mail - Letter Post or Global Express Mail.
ONLY Global Express Mail provides a tracking number.
* Customs forms will show the true value of the order. We appreciate your
understanding in not requesting that we designate a lower value.
* All orders, with the exception of certain African, Middle Eastern,
and Southern and Central American countries, are automatically insured
against loss and damage though a private insurer. As such, you will not
see the insurance charge reflected in your total postage. _______________________________________________________________
Please bear in mind when you buy vintage glass...
As is the case today, most stones were packaged together loosely in
paper envelopes by the manufacturer. Beads were strung and shipped in
hanks. Through the many years, as they've been in constant contact with
each other, they may have developed small nicks or abrasions. Most of
these will be visible only through magnification. Though many will,
remarkably, appear to be "brand new", it is not realistic to expect all vintage pieces to look new.
Unless otherwise noted, the glass you receive will be in very good to
excellent condition. Metal rings or stems will have some degree of
discoloration and/or oxidation from age.
Foil backing will likely show wear.
For more information, including our Return Policy, please click on "Shipping & Returns" at the very bottom of the page.