.Murano Glass Jewellery

Genuine Contemporary Murano Glass Turquoise Gold Pendant Murano Glass Black Gold Beaded Necklace 2

Murano glass jewellery, mirrors and sculpture, according to historians began its life in Rome. Indeed glass furnaces have been discovered in Venice dating back to the 8th century. Venice is documented by the 1200’s to be emerging as a significant glass manufacturer providing the city’s largest industry. Crafting a large collection of glass objects from sculpture to jewellery.

The glass produced in Venice and Murano island is very much interwoven.

In 1291 all Venice’s furnaces were moved to the island of Murano, for fear that the wooden buildings were at risk of fire and destruction. That its reputation as a unique centre for glass making was born.

Artisans working on the island of Murano were afforded many privilages including immunity from prosecution.

As well as allowing talented Murano Glass makers Daughters to marry into affluent Venetian families. In exchange for these rewards glassmakers were not allowed to leave the republic of Murano. Leaving the lagoon meant  risk of death or having their hands cut off.

Todays Techniques

Todays techniques and the raw materials used for Murano glass jewellery making have changed little from the centuries old methods handed down from generation to generation.

Producing glass beads for jewellery making takes much practice and a great deal of skill.  Artists start with clear murano glass, and work with a flame torch.

Once they have melted they use a manderel to make it into a bead shape.

Whilst the glass is still soft they cover it with pure silver or gold leaf, producing a beautiful glow throughout.

The next stage is to use vibrant coloured glass to create unique and individual designs. They are then finished in a kiln producing a wonderful jewel like appearance.

Individual pieces of jewellery are often produced as pendants created using a torch and the incredible skill of the artist.

The Murano Glass pendant shown below has been made with clear glass silver leaf then a pink amethyst layer and white design interlaced with pure copper avventurina.

Murano Glass Amethyst Leaf Pendant

Mia Elizabeth Jewellery

All our Italian Murano Glass jewellery and the beads that we work with are geniune. We go to great lengths to source the most beautiful glass we can find.

We go to the places where it is made in small studios in the little alleyways of Venice.

No other glass compares to true Italian Murano glass because of its clarity and depth. Click this link to view our products