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9 RARE OLD MIXED STRIPED VENETIAN CYLINDER TRADE BEADS
$18.75
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2 Glass Beer Mugs by FIVE of ITALY DAB ARMBRUSTER
$32.99
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Vintage Kristalcolor 24 Lead Crystal Carriage w Cobalt Glass Handle Italy
$0.99
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Gold Red Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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Roberto Cavalli Eyeglasses Glasses RC0487 V Gaia Cherry Grape Rose Made InItaly
$89.00
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PAPERWEIGHT Millefiori MURANO Italy GLaSs Italian Crystal Un Signed Tight 3 FS
$32.47
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Antica Murrina Miami Handmade Murano Glass Earrings
$25.00
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11Hand Made Genuine Empoli Purple Glass Vase Italy
$35.99
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11Hand Made Genuine Empoli Purple Glass Decanter Vase Italy
$34.99
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Blue Green Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$30.48
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vintage large Italian glass flower shade wall sconce Jack in pulpit toso pink
$45.00
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Antica Murrina Shiva Murano Glass Charm Bracelet
$60.00
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Murano Glass Cherries in a Murano Bowl
$799.00
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Blue Black Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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Blue White Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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Blue White Black Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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SERENGETI NAPOLI AVIATOR HUNTER GREEN PHOTO+POLAR 555 GLASS LENS SUNGLASSES 7159
$122.49
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Authentic PERSOL 2566 V 51 18 140 Eyeglasses Glasses Frames Italy
$34.99
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Yellow Blue Gold Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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Multicolor Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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Multicolor Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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Red Gold Italian Murano Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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A ROSSINI HAND MADE VASE MADE IN ITALY
$35.00
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Vintage Mid Century Murano Art Glass Blue Bowl Dish Low Pulled Flow Italy Heavy
$29.99
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Italian Art Glass Tall Crystal Candle Holders Vases White Crystal Italy15
$19.99
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Comoys of London Cobalt Blue Heavy Glass Cigar Ashtray made in Italy
$150.00
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Vintage Clear Glass Number 3 Fruit Juicer Reamer Made In Italy
$0.99
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Carlo Moretti Italy Murano Cased Glass Vase Autumn Orange Forest Green SIGNED
$99.99
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Carlo Moretti Italy Murano Cased Glass Vase Lime Yellow and Aqua Blue SIGNED
$99.99
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Carlo Moretti Italy Murano Cased Glass Vase Brown and Autumn Orange SIGNED
$99.99
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Vintage Lovely Mini Blue Round VENETIAN GLASS CANDY ORNAMENT VENICE ITALY
$4.49
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Large Italian Blown Glass Decanter VINTAGE 60s or earlier Dream of Genies
$24.99
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4 Vintage GLASS BOTTLES w ATTACHED STOPPER BASKET Italy
$23.99
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Pink Orange Heart Murano Glass Dangle Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$37.84
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Sea Foam Heart Italian Murano Glass Dangle Bead Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$37.84
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Red Italian Murano Glass Dangle Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$37.84
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Bormioli Rocco Selectra 7 pc Whiskey Set Made in Italy Clear Glass
$29.95
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Vintage Art Glass FISH Decanter electric blue possibly made Italy
$18.50
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Vintage SOLARGENICS Sunglassess 3841 Sun Glasses Aviator Grey Black Made Italy
$10.95
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Vintage Murano Millefiori Sommerso Art Glass XL Basket Dish Made in Italy
$99.99
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Comoys of London Emerald Green Heavy Glass Cigar Ashtray made in Italy
$150.00
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10 RARE OLD AMAZING SMALL TURQUOISE FANCY VENETIAN EYE DISK TRADE BEADS
$56.25
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10 RARE OLD BLACK WHITE VENETIAN EYE TRADE BEADS
$56.25
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Vintage Murano Hand Blown Glass Apple Made in Italy
$8.00
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Vintage P P Certosini Di Firenze Liquer Liquor Glass Bottle Florence Italy
$4.95
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Multi Millefiori Oval Flower Earrings Clip On Made Italy Venetian Murrine Mosaic
$58.00
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Whiskey Rocks Glasses Original Glass Classy Retro Barware Set of 5 Italian
$24.95
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VINTAGE MURANO ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT RED WHITE FLOWER SUSPENDED IN CRYSTAL BALL
$39.99
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anchor serving plate from Italy
$2.99
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10 RARE OLD LARGE CLEAR PALE PINK VENETIAN GOOSEBERRY TRADE BEADS
$41.25
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Vtg Collectible SET of 6 MADE in ITALY ARS VEDUTE ROMA Colored Shot Glasses
$9.95
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VINTAGE VENETIAN MURANO MILLEFIORI OVAL DOME EARRINGS
$55.00
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Cobalt Blue Glass Pitcher for The Cat Lover With A Cat on Each Side Made n Italy
$29.95
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8 RARE OLD AMAZING YELLOW OVAL EYE VENETIAN TRADE BEADS
$48.75
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MURANO STYLE Tall Art Glass Hand Blown Swan
$50.00
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Iridescent White glass cylinder bead Rosary Necklace Italy 12 3 4 inch
$7.50
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VINTAGE STORAGE JAR WITH WIRE BAIL LID BLUE COLORED GLASS ITALY
$12.99
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MURANO ARTGLASS PENGUIN FIGURINE SUSPENDED BUBBLES LAVORAZIONE ARTE ITALY
$34.99
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Gucci Glasses GG1721 and Case made in Italy
$29.00
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1973 Antinori wine fish decanter bottle glass original made in Italy
$9.99
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Pr Vintage Venetian Murano Glass Wedding Cake Beads Turquoise 15mm
$16.99
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VINTAGE ICE BUCKET 6 GLASSES MADE IN ITALY PAINTED FLOWER
$16.99
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Clear GLASS Hand Made Wine DECANTER 10H x 9D LEAD FREE GLASS
$30.00
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Vintage Early Murano Sign Art Glass Vase Iridescent Cristalleria Italy Genuine
$400.00
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Pr Vintage Venetian Murano Glass Wedding Cake Beads Yellow 14mm
$15.99
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Antique Venetian Yellow Lampwork Beads W Stripes
$15.00
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12 RARE OLD COBALT GREEN 5 LAYER CHEVRON TRADE BEADS
$63.75
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Italian Green Glass Cookie Jar
$14.95
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Waterford Marquis MILLENNIUM 2000 Centerpiece Platter Made in ITALY
$22.00
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VINTAGE SEED BEADED 12 STRAND NECKLACE ITALY 1950S
$23.00
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FINAL SALE Pallini Roma Glasses PAIR Italy LIQUOR Bar Ware GOLD Mint Condition
$0.99
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Gioielli Da Tavola Italy Ruby Red Cut to Clear Crystal Wine Glasses Same Pattern
$58.00
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11 RARE OLD PRISTINE VENETIAN DISK TRADE BEADS
$63.75
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Anri Teak Italy Checker Serving Tray Glass Mid Century Modernist Dansk Digsmed
$124.99
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Antique Venetian Millefiori Cane Beads African Trade
$18.00
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6 RARE OLD STUNNING BLACK WHITE VENETIAN ZEN TRADE BEADS
$48.75
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CHANEL 2094 304 eyewear frame glasses 51 16 135 NEW
$155.99
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Antique Venetian Millefiori Cane Beads African Trade
$14.00
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Handmade Ceramic and Glass Liquor Cart Decorated in 14k Gold
$1,000.00
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6 RARE OLD YELLOW BLACK WHITE VENETIAN EYE TRADE BEADS
$41.25
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Vintage 925 Marcasite And Gold Black Murano Glass Pendant
$65.00
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EXTRA LARGE DECORATIVE GLASS STORAGE JAR 10 3 4 TALL 10 WIDE MADE IN ITALY EUC
$19.95
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MURANO ITALY GREEN LAYERED GLASS VASE Ca early 1900s
$20.00
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Large Maestri Vetrai Made in Italy Italian Tortoise Murano Glass Vase
$42.00
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Roxy sunnys polarized sun glasses unisex gold frame brown frame
$40.00
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MURANO BLOWN GLASS LUCKY LADY BUG INSIDE AN APPLE WITH FLOWER PENDENT 4 COLORS
$7.50
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Vintage Oval Brass Filigree Framed Floral Pictures Convex Glass 10
$9.99
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Cordial Glass Beverage Set clear glass Made in Italy 1 Decanter 4 glasses
$20.00
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Glass Italy

Murano Glass

Murano glass, was originally produced in Murano, an island located in Venice, in Italy.  From the 10th century, the glassmakers of Murano have been famous for their work. The glassmakers have since then settled in many different areas and countries but it is believed that the authentic glass of Murano is produced in Murano only.

Origin of Murano Glass

Art of glassmaking in Murano originally started in Rome in the 9th century. It had Muslim and Asian influence on the art. In 1291, the glassmakers became famous after they moved the foundries to the city of Murano. Murano glass started getting exported. By the 16th century, most of the citizens on the island of Murano were involved in one way or the other in glassmaking. In 1950s and 1960s Murano glass was produced for export and tourists in great quantity.

The glassmakers became very affluent, though they did not have the permission to depart from the country, some of them moved out to other countries and settled as far as Netherlands.

Types of Murano glass

Murano glassis made by special technology, over the years it has been refined and developed, some of them are-

  • Crystalline glass.
  • Enameled glass, made by the smalto technology.
  • Gold thread glass, made by aventurine.
  • Multicolored glass, made by millefiori.
  • Glass milk, made by lattimo.
  • Imitation gemstones
  • Sunken glass.

Murano glass today

Murano glassis used for many purposes; it is used to make jewelry, glass figurines, contemporary glass art, chandeliers, wine stoppers and stemware. The historical factories are still known for their products today some of the brands which became very famous and are still famous are,

  • Venini
  • Pauly
  • Barovier &Toso
  • Salviati
  • Seguso
  • Formia International.
  • Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso

Techniques

Most of the Murano glassis made by the technique called the lampworking. Glass is made of silica. Silica when heated at very high temperature turns into its liquid form, it is again allowed to solidify, while passing from liquid to solid form, there is a period of time when the glass has very soft form but not completely solid, at this time the glassmakers shape it in any form they want.

Some specific techniques are used to make different types of glasses .some of them are-

  • Murrine technique
  • Millefiori
  • Filigree
  • Glass engraving
  • Gold engraving
  • Incalmo
  • Lattimo
  • Painted enamel
  • Ribbed glass
  • Submersion.

Materials

In addition to silica the other material used in glassmaking is flux. Flux is also called the melting agent. The importance of flux or sodium oxide is that it becomes soft at a lower temperature and it solidifies slower, thus the interval of time when the glass needs to be shaped is longer and helps the glassmaker to use that time in shaping.

The other materials used in glassmaking are sodium, which makes the surface of the glass opaque. Nitrate is used to eliminate bubble, to give color to the glass and also in making surface opaque. Arsenic is also used for the same three purposes.

Colors

Different colors of glass are made by adding different minerals or raw materials in the silica. For example, cobalt and copper compounds are used for making aquamarine glass. Solution of gold is used to make glass ruby red.

About the Author

Murano glasshas been famous and very popular for a very long time because of its ageless beauty and breathtaking designs.

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