antique French bottle & why bottles turn purple

Hi, sweets.
I’ve been submerged in clay for a few days
so I thought I’d share the contents of a pretty package that arrived today.
By now, it should be no secret that I absolutely adore Maria’s blog and online shop.
She is so authentically sweet too.
Once in a while, I’ll poke around for a little something for myself.
While my sisters would surely opt for a massage or a new pair of shoes,
I always find myself shopping for my home (or the occasional bag).
Maybe that’s why I’m currently wearing a t-shirt that is easily five years old.
Oh, but it’s SO worn in and comfy!
(In my fashion defense, I am also wearing this cute headband 
purchased from Nattie Cakes Decor.)
Get this. It’s actually Edyn’s.
Moving along.
I’ve been collecting lavender bottles and jars for a short while…
and by “collecting” I mean a collection of two,
so it was certainly time to add another around here.
I’ve loved this bottle from the moment I saw it
and when Maria said she hadn’t let go of it yet because it had a chip,
I asked her to send it along still.
french lavender bottle freckled laundry copy
The hint of shabby chic in me certainly {loves} that little chip.
Every imperfection has a story.
Maria also had two lavender mason jars that were photographed for
a lavender wedding shoot in my favorite post in blog history.
 Image Source: Dreamy Whites 
I’m happy to own them now and have a little something in mind for them
for my kitchen makeover, which is slowly progressing.
My lavender bottle and jar couple is officially a collection.
{And so much nicer than the unicorn collection I had back in the 80s.}
What makes a bottle turn lavender?
Some bottles were made with manganese oxide,
an agent used to make glass clear by neutralizing impurities.
Left sitting in the sun, the ultraviolet rays re-oxidize the manganese, turning it a purple color.
The amount of manganese oxide in the glass and length of time in the sun
determines the shade of purple that glass will turn.
 By the way, it’s most often called “amethyst” or “sun-purpled” glass
but I only collect the true lavender color so that’s what I (and others) call it.
That’s about the gist of the lavender colored glass.
From one nerdlet to another,
this link gives a more in-depth explanation of all the glass colors out there.
I also read that glass is being “zapped” and “radiated” to artificially create the purple color.
So, if you’re searching for authentically, naturally aged glass, be careful.
Zappers are putting glass bottles in cardboard boxes with a UV light,
aging them in days instead of years.
Others are putting bottles through x-ray machines and aging them in minutes.
Just a way to turn an ordinary clear bottle or jar into a little more money, I suppose.

Do you collect vintage bottles and jars?



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  1. Oh my goodness I just love love the lavender color! I have never seen a jar that has turned lavender but I am totally going to be on the hunt now ~


  2. Good Morning Jami…
    A sweet post! Maria is as dear and sincere as you are. I love her lavender sachets…Her lavender is the best!

  3. I was wondering how the glass became lavender when you went on to explain. Amazing!! You have a nice collection started! The one you bought from Maria with the chip has loads of personality!

    Have a great day, Jami!


  4. Hi Jami, I have a collection I posted last month about. I love the Sun Glass Bottles, and I also have a collection of the lavender bottle toppers too. I put the bottles in my shop, and will be adding the toppers when I get a locking case. They’re a very rare find. I priced them, however if they don’t sell, I won’t be upset;)

  5. I do have jars and bottles. Mostly the blue ones. But I have one lavender bottle. Can’t really call it a collection but it looks great mixed in with the clear and blue ones.

  6. I had never heard of these until I found some true lavender mason jars at a flea market. I snatched all of them up and turned them into soap dispensers. (They sold immediately!)

    I couldn’t get the true color to show up in pictures, so I never posted them on my blog

  7. Susan Hemann says:

    I have been collecting old bottles since I was a child. In fact I wanted to be an arch. so I decided to dig in a field by my house and I found old bottles and cow bones! I was about 9 or 10. I thought I would be famous. lol Anyway my Mother collected them to so I have a big collection now.

  8. Jami,

    Thank you for the lesson in lavender glass. Wheaton Glass is local and I am always amazed at all the interesting things I learn there.
    I collect antique bottles made in the area and ones I find on the property.
    I am a long time admirer of Maria, her blog and shop.

    Your Friend,

  9. Priscilla says:

    How interesting this post was. I didn’t know they could manipulate glass to change color.
    I have some old bottles that have turned lavender, that my husband picked up out in the Mohave desert years ago. I love them.
    I have my grandmother’s glass compote that has a lavender tinge. It is one of my most special possessions.
    When I was a child, we moved rather often due to my father’s career. I once told my mother that I knew when we were “home” when she put Grandma’s compote out on the sideboard. I have always kept it on mine, as a reminder of my mother and grandmother.

  10. Gretchen says:

    Loved reading this recent blog post, as I too am a lover of lavender bottles. I have a small collection that I display at our cabin amongst all things beachy. I think I have 3-4 items that I’ve collected in the shades of lavender, and also collect lavender beach glass along with all other shades. In the olden days they would rid themselves of broken glass by throwing it in the lakes. Sadly it’s true, but now each time I scour the beach I find wonderfully aged pieces of lavender, shades of aqua from ball jars, coke bottles, etc., and it sometimes feels like I’m finding mermaid eyes when I find a small green or blue perfectly worn piece of glass too.
    I also collect aqua bottles and truly just love old bottles in general. The patina and/or “SICK” as they call the insides worn interiors can truly be beautiful amongst the right elements when displaying them.
    I didn’t realize people would be dishonest enough to to intentionally change the colors of bottles to make more money off of them. Pretty sad to have to resort to that, but if someone did it for their own collection and beauty, than have at it. Just don’t pass it off as the real deal if it’s not.
    Keep up the great work on your blog.


  11. Becky says:

    I am a total nerdlet, so thanks for the lesson Professor. I have the blueish mason jars that I stole from my great grandpa’s shed when I was 13. I love them for their color and the memories they hold. My mom has a small collection of different colored bottles and jars too, but she won’t let me touch them…Yet. Great post!

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