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’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 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).
The Dimond Angelica table lamp, part of the Biltmore Estate For Your Home collection.
Cyan Design’s Leone pendants, available in gold or silver mercury glass.
Wildwood Lamps Mercury Glass Table Lamp with a silk shade.
Uttermost Basiliano mini pendant.
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.
The Elk Lighting Danica collection, part of the HGTV Home imprint, includes multiple sizes of pendants finished in aged bronze with mercury glass shades.
Instead of making people green with envy, make them purple with the Currey & Company Envy table lamp.