Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine 1


Mercury glass is an eye-catching, textured look that is gaining popularity in lighting and home decor. It combines a beautiful metallic shine with the intrigue of something that looks aged and rustic. It’s a glass decorating technique that dates back to the 1800s, when mercury glass was made in two different ways:

-blowing the glass, adding a solution of silver nitrate and glucose, heating the glass and sealing (known as silvering)

-placing a silver solution between the layers of blown double-walled glass and sealing the silver inside (often used for vases, goblets and so on)

The glass was then further decorated with techniques like painting and engraving. Mercury glass is actually considered one of the first types of art glass–glass that was made especially for its beauty and for display instead of for utilitarian uses.

If you love this look, we have lots of ways to bring mercury glass into your home at Lights Online. Here’s a look at some of them.

uttermost mercury glass pendants

Uttermost’s Mercury Glass Pendants collection: the Norbello, Sardinia and Oristano. In three different colors and three different shapes so you can find your perfect match.

Fredrick Ramond chandelier

 Fredrick Ramond Muse collection, featuring mercury glass on the bobeches (the bowl-shaped part once used for collecting wax from real candle chandeliers–check this article for more on the history of chandeliers).

Dimond table lampThe Dimond Angelica table lamp, part of the Biltmore Estate For Your Home collection.

Cyan Design pendant lightsCyan Design’s Leone pendants, available in gold or silver mercury glass.

Wildwood Lamps table lampWildwood Lamps Mercury Glass Table Lamp with a silk shade.

Uttermost pendant lightUttermost Basiliano mini pendant.

mercury glass bottles

A trio of Uttermost Lamaison bottles. The detail on the necks is brass wire, another great design trend. The French labeling also makes these a good fit for shabby chic or French cottage-inspired rooms.

Cyan Design Mercury Table Lamp

This shimmering Cyan Design Mercury Table Lamp would be a perfect accent for any table.
Uttermost candleholdersThe beige candles in the Uttermost Canino candleholder set are included!

Elk Lighting Danica

The Elk Lighting Danica collection, part of the HGTV Home imprint, includes multiple sizes of pendants finished in aged bronze with mercury glass shades.
Currey & Company table lampInstead of making people green with envy, make them purple with the Currey & Company Envy table lamp.

Dimond HGTV table lampThis Dimond HGTV Table Lamp has a highly dramatic chocolate brown faux-silk shade. There’s also a gold version with a white shade lined in gold!

Emma Harger – Lights Online


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