The Invention of Glitter


Glitter adds sparkle to countless products, including designer cosmetics, clothing fabrics and Christmas ornaments. The world may have never known the dazzle of glitter if a New Jersey cattle rancher had not discovered a mechanical process for glitter production.


  • Henry Ruschmann was a cattle rancher who lived on a farm in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Ruschmann dabbled as a machinist. This hobby led to his accidental discovery of a method to create the tiny, colorful fragments that became known as glitter.


  • In 1934, Ruschmann discovered a technique that used a machine to precision cut different colored plastic films to produce large quantities of particles. The resulting, sparkling product was glitter. Ruschmann's invention led him to start a glitter-production business.


  • Ruschmann founded Meadowbrook Inventions. The family owned company, which remains in business, stands on the grounds of the family's still-operating cattle farm. Meadowbrook Inventions is the biggest manufacturer of glitter in the world. The company strives to remain in the forefront of glitter innovation with an ever-expanding list of glitter products, such as glitter-infused plastics and shimmering boat paints.

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