Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine

By on Dec 13, 2013

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 pendants - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

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

Elk Jaelyn - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

The Elk Lighting Jaelyn collection, showcasing dramatic teardrop-shaped shades of mercury glass.

Dimond Angelica - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

The Dimond Angelica table lamp, part of the Biltmore Estate For Your Home collection. This is also available in LED!

Sea Gull Lighting Sfera - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

The Sea Gull Lighting Sfera collection, which features a variety of lighting options!

Wildwood Lamps Mercury Glass - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

Wildwood Lamps Mercury Glass Table Lamp with a silk shade.

Uttermost Basiliano - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

Uttermost Basiliano mini pendant.

Uttermost Lamaison - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

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 - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

This shimmering Cyan Design Mercury Table Lamp would be a perfect accent for any table.

Elk Lighting Danica - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

The Elk Lighting Danica collection, part of the HGTV Home imprint, includes multiple sizes of pendants finished in aged bronze with mercury glass shades.

Dimond Antique Glass - Mercury Glass: A Treasured, Textured Shine - Lights Online Blog

This 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!

We have lots of other light fixtures available that make use of mercury glass, so you’re sure to find your new favorite light! If you need help deciding, though, feel free to livechat with us on the website or call us at 1-866-688-3562.