The first confirmed man-made glass was in Egypt, in the form of handmade glass beads created as jewelry. Research suggests Egyptians or Mesopotamians were the first to start making glass jewelry and other accessories. It was however the Romans who perfected the art of creating small colored glass items.
Archeologists found the Romans started to manufacture stained glass from here on not only for just beads, but for windows as well. From here on, stained glass was common in churches throughout Europe.
In the Middle East, in addition to colored glass and windows during the Islamic period, alchemist Jabir Ibn Hayyan created 46 different recipes for produced colored glass. He also provided a description of how to cut the colored class into artificial gemstones for jewelry and décor.
Stained glass was among the first art form trends and skilled worker industry. In the following decades, this craft spread throughout the world and become a widely manufactured element of design. From homes to businesses to churches, stained glass brought personality, intrigue and a story to each building.
In the twentieth century, stained glass became a forgotten art form as modernism took the world by storm. Haling to a bygone era, stained glass is still ornate in thousands of churches across Europe and older cities in the Americas. It is truly a timeless art form.