Glassmaking in Murano originated in 9th century Rome. Most Venetian buildings were wooden and a fire could have wiped out the city, so its glassmakers, who used torches to mould their glass were ordered to move their foundries to Murano in 1291 where their industry flourished. affluent. By the end of the 16th century, three thousand of Murano island's seven thousand inhabitants were involved in some way in the glassmaking industry.
Murano Glass was produced in great quantities in the 1950s and 1960s for export and for tourists.
Murano glass jewellery is still made by Venetian craftsman and is also used by other leading jewellery designers for their pieces.
The beads are all hand made and therefore unique (mostly lampworked whereas each bead is formed individually by applying heat to the glass to reduce it to a molten state allowing it to be formed to the desired shape).
Each variety has its own name such as:
Fiorato Beads (meaning Wedding Cake) are produced using the time consuming lampwork method and individually hand-painted with swirls and dots and frosted with gold.
Millefiori (multicoloured) hand decorated, bold colours.
Aventurine (gold thread) that incorporate gold threads and foils within the glass.