You may have seen the beautiful jewels that are labeled 'dichroic' and wondered what exactly it means. Dichroic comes from the Greek meaning two colors. Glass appears to have different colors when viewed from different angles or at different light levels.

You can take a look at online store websites like ArtGlassSupplies to get an idea of what this glass looks like.

A sheet of colored shell stickers

In basic terms, it means that the dichroic mirror reflects one color when light is reflected from the surface and transmits a second color when light passes through it.

Today's dichroic glass is a branch of the space program where it is used in faceplates to filter out the unwanted light spectrum. Dichroic glass currently has many different exquisite jewelry applications that the artist uses for the optical and security industries.

The process used to make highly technical and dichroic glass called 'Thin Film Physics'. This is an expensive process in which the first glass is cleaned at the molecular level and then coated with a thin film of elements such as titanium, magnesium, zirconium, and others.

The elements are deposited under vacuum on the glass. Up to thirty coats can be applied and the elements used are those that give the glass a variety of available colors. 

Fused dichroic pendants have become a novelty in the jewelry world! The properties of glass generally make these pendants statement pieces because they are very unusual. The pendant is a great gift because although they are handmade, you can pick them up for an attractive price.