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Cranberry Glass and Ruby Glass
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A short explanation of Cranberry Glass:

Cranberry glass is a delicate pink glass made by including in the glass mixture gold chloride, a colloidal gold solution produced by dissolving gold metal in Aqua Regia (nitric acid and hydrochloric acid). Tin (stannic chloride) is sometimes added in tiny amounts, and the process is both difficult and expensive. Today's studio glassmakers can buy their cranberry glass in rods from specialist manufacturers. This makes it easier for them, but even more expensive. Most cranberry glass items made today have a thin layer of cranberry glass coated with clear crystal.

The Romans made pink and red glass using gold, and the famous Lycurgus Cup contained both gold and silver.

Gold Ruby glass is another type of glass made from gold, but the colour is a stronger red because there is more gold chloride in gold ruby glass than in cranberry glass.

The secret of making red glass was lost for many centuries, and rediscovered during the seventeenth century in Bohemia. At the time this was a blow to the pride and prominence of Venetian glass-makers, who had tried unsuccessfully for years to make red glass. There is a film about the village where the secret of making red glass had been lost, called Heart of Gold, which is worth watching if you can find a copy.


Here are some books which include information on Cranberry Glass and Red glass that you may find helpful. Click on any book cover or title to read more about a particular book.

Heacock Encyclo. Cranberry 1987 Pink Depression Glass (2007) Fenton Art Glass 2004 Avon Cape Codd 2010 Warmans Fenton Glass 2007 Royal Ruby 2007 Ruby Glass of the 20th Century Book 2 Ruby Glass 1st Edition 1991








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