Collecting Vaseline Glass

You guys, I have a new obsession! I was at a fantastic antique show over the weekend and spotted a collection of stemware that has me swooning. It was neon yellow and fabulous in every way (except for price!).

I've been doing some online hunting and I think it must be Vaseline Glass. Have you heard of it? 

According to, "Vaseline Glass is a particular colour of yellow-green glass that is made by adding as little as 0.1% to 0.2% Uranium Dioxide to the ingredients when the glass formula is made." Apparently when you shine uv light on it, it will always turn a bright fluorescent green.  

I have a thing for colourful glass (colourful anything really) but I've never ventured into collecting anything in the neon family. Before any serious purchasing is made, however, I have some homework to do so I know what to look for, average prices, and how to tell a dud from the real thing. Also, I'm a wee bit concerned about the speculation of radiation emissions due to the chemicals added, but hopefully more research will prove that to be a myth!

I am partial to the stemware, but here are some other pieces found on Because it was made in the Victorian era until WWII, they tend to be more ornate. The images below are honey pots, marmalade dishes and decorative pieces. 

What do you think? Do you like it? 


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