There are many different types of glass beads available to buy these days, but one of the coolest and most beautiful styles available is called dichroic.
To know all the facts about dichroic glass, please read the following paragraphs.
What does dichroic mean?
Dichroic beads are named in the Greek naming tradition, and the word means "two colors." Di is the Greek word for "two", and "chroma" is the Greek word for color, so when the words are combined to create "dichroic", it means something with two colors. Click here for more info about patterned dichroic glass.
These beads are called dichroic glass beads because they appear to have more than one color at the same time, especially when viewed from different angles. You may also hear that some jewelry manufacturers shorten dichroic to dichro.
How do these accounts work?
This technology has been created thanks to the magic of physics and uses a phenomenon known as "thin-film physics". Scientists came up with a special coating treatment that could be applied to glass that would simulate this effect.
Although the effect was created for use as a special coating for satellite mirrors and re-entry mosaics on spacecraft, this scientific advance soon began to be used as an art form as well.