Once upon a time in a white land lived a very clever man. His land was stark and cold, but he thought it very beautiful. He especially liked the ice that formed in long needles and strange shapes. So he began to make things from the ice, clear and translucent vessels in wonderful shapes and patterns, all gleaming and bright.
One day he met a woman from a faraway land and fell in love with her. He wanted to give her something thing that he had made as a gift of love. But her land was hot and tropical and he knew his gift would melt. So he made glass which would not melt away and she gave him rich exotic colour to brighten his world.
They never touched, for he was cruel and far away, and she flamed like the sun and could burn him. He was cold and broke her warm heart. The glass still glows and gleams like their love.