Beauty, pleasure and art are grounded biologically.

When we see something beautiful there is a pull from inside us towards that object or form. We recognize something in that object that is true and in line with how we want to experience the world. There is a connection. There is a bond. Something inside us is bonding, to a certain extent, with that form. Our very nature as life forms is to bond, it is our biology–atoms, molecules, elements are our common bonds.

This underlying principle of a common biology–the impulse to bond–between all life forms is applied in the pursuit of beauty and in ensuring a space for reflection in all the work that is created by Jess Panza, Glass by Hand, Los Angeles. Two seemingly inanimate and dissimilar materials cleave together, when heated, to form a strong molecular bond, glass and solid 14K gold.

The glass-to-gold bond is a perfect pairing where molecules bond on the molecular level–they cleave to one another and in doing so they allow us to create original and timeless jewelry that has made up our eponymous collection since 2000.

Glass-to-gold bonding technology has been around for decades and is still important for many microelectronics products. Glass-to-gold technology is now used in cutting-edge solutions and the latest advances with Artificial Intelligence (AI) scientists.

The glass used to make our jewelry has a softening point close to the melting point of gold. Gold, as it is known, is resistant to all aggressive media; it does not change its structure and is not
covered by an oxide film when exposed to repeated thermal effects which guarantees long-term life of our jewelry. An optimum temperature for cleaving between glass and gold is 780°-760°C.

Moreover, gold practically does not dissolve in glass and, hence, the metallic surface is not damaged. Gold is the most stable material which does not react chemically with the glass components, does not alter its original structure and properties.

In addition to our innovative jewelry, we also produce a line of refined and reinvented pâte de verre which dates back to prewar France. We have removed all the arcane steps and exotic binders thereby eliminating burn-off toxins when fired. Removing the binders has also allowed us to reduce the amount of time and energy it takes to fire the glass.

All of these conscious steps and underlying principles are unspoken, of course, when you view the work. We hope the jewelry and pâte de verre speaks for itself. It has a presence all its own, an originality tied to the beauty of life itself.