Genuine Murano glass beads

IMG_5274 IMG_5279 Just finished these pairs of earrings using Murano beads and sterling silver. You could see more about them here. The history of glass bead making became a major industry starting from the 12th century in Venice, Italy, when a relatively small guild operated from the northern area of the city, in Murano – a small Venetian island. Actually it started in 1291, when the city council of Venice had decided to move glass workshops on the island of Murano to protect the masters’ secrets from the competitors. The main colors included red, white and blue, while green and yellow were rarer. To increase the colors of the beads were used metal as: tin, copper, cobalt, etc. Tin produced creamy white, copper influenced green hues and rare gold produced a rich russet-red. Cobalt would also be used to produce the moody indigo blues – the statement Murano beads color. Most Murano beads are made using the lampworking technique. This method is very time consuming taking in account that each bead must be formed individually. To be continued…

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2 responses to “Genuine Murano glass beads

  1. jennles

    Those are really pretty beads.

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