Thursday, January 27, 2011


Today is one of those rare occasions where we visit two locales. Our first stop is the sacred Mexican region of Teotihuacán that holds ancient pyramids, ceremonial objects and fine pottery.

We will next visit the scenic Lake District of Argentina consisting of twenty lakes; the largest being Nahuel Huapi. This time of year is great for fishing, kayaking, and hiking.

Though Mexico is home to featured husband-wife design team Debora Gurman and Marco Romero, Gurman is originally from Argentina.

Based on my research, fulgurite and obsidian are two forms of naturally occurring dichroic glass; fulgurite is created when lightning strikes sand, and obsidian is fused rock and sand produced from volcanic eruptions.

Although, dichroic glass was used in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Germany to create bowls, jars and jewelry it is unclear the exact period artisans began to manually process dichroic art glass.

Gurman and Romero were both drawn to this challenging art form of depositing metallic oxides on glass. In fact, it was their mutual passion for art that brought them together. “Debora has a degree in art, and I studied veterinary medicine,” says Romero.

“Debora and I met while doing research on glass and we both had the same restlessness about it so we joined forces eventually dominating the technique of dichroic art glass.”

I love the look of colored glass or stained glass. When I was a kid I loved looking at the glass marbles that one of my brothers collected. I marveled at the colors from clear to opaque to marbles with thin swirls of colored glass inside. Gurman and Romero’s designer jewelry striking yet subtle forms of colors evoked those days from my youth.

The varying shades of colors in mosaic or block patterns are like beautiful abstract pieces of art offset by sterling silver outlines that are cultivated into a heart pendant necklace, circle necklaces and cross necklaces. It is a deceptively complex marriage of classic proportions and explosive color.

“Dichroic glass is somewhat of a misnomer since the dielectric coating that produces all the interesting colors is not glass but very thin layers of metal oxides on the surface of glass that reflects light,” says Romero.

“They are unique pieces of jewelry that are the result of considerable glass technique research. It is a play of light and color that reflects my and Debora’s love of the art and of each other.”
Photo 1 (top right): Sterling Silver and Art Glass Rose Garden Pendant NecklacePhoto 2 (center): Sterling Silver and Art Glass Living Planet Cocktail Ring
Photo 3 (bottom left): Sterling Silver and Art Glass Cherry Crush Pendant Necklace
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