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Murano Glass Jewellery

posted on 11 December 2009 | posted in Handbag and fashion Articles

Dating back to the 7th century, Murano in Italy made its name as a commercial port. Over the years it has become a well known tourist attraction with Venice as its near neighbour. Handmade jewellery and fine art are just two of the reasons that this beautiful island is so popular.

The famous Murano glassmakers are renowned as some of the finest artisans in the world. The techniques used in the glass production are ingenious, particularly those related to glass jewellery. This captivating art includes the use of gold threads through the glass, multi-coloured glass, milk glass and imitation gem stones made from glass.

During the 1950s and 60s the jewellery was produced to export overseas.The same painstaking techniques are still used today which means that pieces cannot be mass produced and each piece is unique.

The handmade Murano glass jewellery is crafted using glass of the highest quality along with melting agents called flux. The glass is shaped and moulded over a flame and slowly manipulated to produce the truly unique glass pieces that Murano is so famous for.

The most popular styles of Murano glass are filigree, millefiori, engraved, gold engraved, enamel painted and ribbed glass. Because it is created by hand, no two pieces are ever the same, which makes for a stunning gift.


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