What is Murano glass?
Unique technologies of hand-made glass processing with a thousand-year history, which appeared in Italian Venice, and soon were hidden from envious eyes on a small island of Murano, are located in the Venetian lagoon (that’s where its’ name comes from – Murano glass).
Murano or Venetian glass is a history and a sign of the highest artistic skill. An item from the Murano collections is a symbol of everyday luxury that anyone can afford! But it is also the passion of collectors and the pride of lucky owners. If you once bought a piece of Murano glass jewelry or object, then you would most likely fall under its magical aura for life.
Venetian glass jewelry is a fantastic rainbow dream, multi-colored fireworks of sparkling glass. Venetian craftsmen create a huge assortment of products with their own hands – from jewelry, accessories, bijouterie to all kinds of interior items of high artistic value, originality and uniqueness. It is the uniqueness that distinguishes Murano glass from other glass products.
Vases, chandeliers, lamps and even the simplest things made of this priceless material look like museum exhibits – this is almost always a sensation and universal admiration!
The unique and secret technologies of hand glass processing were invented by Venetian craftsmen many centuries ago on the Venetian island of Murano.
Since the 15th century, Murano glass products were considered a luxury item, they were often presented to high-ranking people who came to Venice. And there was no such person who would not admire the talent of the Murano craftsmen to create real states of the art from blown glass.
Venetian glass appeared in Italy at the turn of the XII-XIII centuries, thanks to the close ties of Venice with the Eastern countries, where the first samples of glass products came from, as well as the main technologies for the manufacture and color of glass. Thanks to the competent policy of the authorities and the work of the first glassmakers of Venice, in a short time, Venetian glass gained immense popularity and love in medieval Europe. The skill of the glassblower acquired social significance, the secrets of the skill were accumulated and stored in the family workshops and passed on from fathers to children for generations. The craftsmen had a lot of privileges, and the noble wealthy families were honored to be related to the family of the Maestro Glassblower.
Now a few words about the technologies used in the manufacture of Murano glass:
is made of layers of different colors located in different planes and looks like agate.
is a glass of extraordinary beauty, it is obtained by adding gold crumbs to the glass mass, which crystallizes at high temperatures and gives a peculiar effect.
is obtained by introducing thin colored threads into a mass of transparent glass, which are chaotic weaving or a regular mesh.
Mosaic glass (Millefiori)
is thin rods of multi-colored laminated glass, in cross-section having the shape of a flower, star, circle or other geometric figure, which are cut into millimeter layers and fused into other glass forms.
is an immersion of a hot object in cold water, which leads to cooling and cracking of the outer layer of glass.