Original Aether was extremely labour intensive which was why it was not available to re-sellers. Aether 2 has solved the production issues so, we're making it available to re-sellers. It also has an improved viscosity curve. Please, note that Aether 2 and Zephyr are not the same. Aether 2 is a reactive clear and Zephyr is not. Aether 2 will react with silver glasses and it does a better job of holding the lustre under encasement. To help distinguish the two clears, Aether 2 will be wrapped in white paper and Zephyr will be wrapped in brown.
Photograph has been taken over a penny to demonstrate optical quality.
These Aether rods have been high graded to remove any rods with scratches, stones or more than a reasonable amount of seed bubbles. We have allowed for more variation in rod diameter and roundness.
Aether does contain certain chemical components that can react with metallic silver and cause a reaction. These chemicals also keep Aether remarkably free of seeds, and help to preserve the metallic sheen of the encased silver. The reaction often appears as a yellow/green tint. Working the encased bead hot often increases this effect. If you want to avoid that reaction entirely, we recommend Zephyr clear instead.