Gem News International Gems & Gemology, Summer 2014, Vol. 50, No. 2

Pyrex Bracelets

Patterned Pyrex bracelets
Figure 1. Pyrex bracelets with attractive colors and patterns were on display at the Tucson show. Photo by Eric Welch; courtesy of Kevin O’Grady.
At the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show, Kevin O’Grady (Scottsdale, Arizona) exhibited a line of glass bracelets and other jewelry (figures 1 and 2). O’Grady has worked with borosilicate glass, better known by the brand name Pyrex, since the late 1980s. He touted the durability and versatility of this medium, which lends itself to a variety of dramatic effects. He crafts each piece freehand using a torch, adding elements such as cobalt to achieve colors and embedding flower mosaics and other patterns that appear three-dimensional. O’Grady’s signature bracelets contain gold, silver, or a combination of both.

Pyrex bracelet with orbicular pattern
Figure 2. This Pyrex bracelet displays a striking orbicular pattern that appears three-dimensional. Photo by Eric Welch; courtesy of Kevin O’Grady.

Stuart Overlin is the editor of Gems & Gemology