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SEGUSO Vtg Mid Century Italian Modern Murano Glass Geode Bowl Italy Venini Gray
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Antique Venetian Large Chevrons Old African Glass Trade Beads Set of 3
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Vtg Mid Century Italian Modern Murano Glass Geode Bowl Italy Venini Seguso Red
$138.00
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$24.95
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Riserva 6 Wine Glasses Clear Crystal
$17.00
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GORGEOUS AUTHENTIC MURANO GLASS ITALY CLIP ON EARRINGS
$14.99
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8762 Red Blue Yellow Murano Italy Art Glass Turtle Handmade Orig Tag On Bottom
$19.95
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Six Hand Blown Shot Glasses Set of 6 blue optic glasses made in Italy gold label
$30.00
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RARE OLD COBALT VENETIAN EYE CYLINDER TRADE BEAD 11mm x 15mm
$17.00
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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO GLASSES FRAME SF2675A 604 BURGUNDY 54 15 135 NEW
$74.99
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VERSACE GLASSES FRAME VE1092B 1045 LIGHT BROWN STONES 53 16 130 NEW
$109.99
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Beautiful MURANO Italy Controlled Bubble MILLIFIORI Paperweight Original Sticker
$19.99
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Vintage Fleur De Lis Millifiori Murano Glass Pendant 18kt GF 23 in Chain VGC
$25.00
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Vintage Murano Bowl Italian Glass Pink Green Orange 13 mid century Italy
$59.99
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VTG ANTIQUE MICRO MOSAIC FLORAL BROOCH EARRINGS BLACK BACKGROUND SIGNED ITALY
$39.95
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Signed NLH Italy Pastel Rhinestone Pearl Flower Clip Gold Plated Earrings 1a 33
$26.99
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Millefiori Heart Paperweight Made In Italy For Brentanos
$49.99
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Sterling Silver Italy Purple Glass Dangle Hematite Heart Pendant 16 Necklace
$19.99
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Persol 3033 V Glasses Eyeglasses Matte Green Horn 996 Italy 53mm
$179.00
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GIANT AGATE Antique Trade Beads TB11
$46.00
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Delicate Blue Gold Aventurine White Ribbon Latticino Venetian Murano Italy Bowl
$115.60
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ROBERTO CAVALLI GRANDE SOEUR RC 770 EYEGLASSES PRESCRIPTION EYE GLASSES 052
$214.20
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Auth ZABLE Dichroic Murano Glass Sterling Silver European Bead Charm BZ1302
$33.45
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AMAZING VINTAGE MICRO MOSAIC ORANGE DAISY PIN BROOCH SIGNED ITALY
$19.95
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Sterling Silver Beaded Glass Cross Crown Chest Pendant Italy Box Necklace 185
$74.99
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Italy Cut Glass Crystal Coasters Ash Tray Candy Dish trinket number Vintage
$4.50
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Faceted Dark Blue Italian Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$25.82
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NEW Beautiful Blue Sea Glass Crystal Starfish Charm Sterling Silver Bracelet
$45.00
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Persol 2398 V Glasses Eyeglasses Gunmetal Sand 987 Italy 53mm
$164.00
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Antique OLD Dutch German Ring Trade Beads TB1
$72.00
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ROBERTO CAVALLI GRANDE SOEUR RC 770 EYEGLASSES PRESCRIPTION EYE GLASSES 001
$214.20
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ITALIAN MID CENTURY HOLLYWOOD REGENCY GOLD LEAF GLASS TOP SIDE TABLE 6399
$293.25
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Shot Glasses ITALIAN MADE Vintage UNUSED SET OF SIX
$20.00
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Colector Antique Venetian Square Trade Beads TB10
$105.00
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Flag of Italy Italian Tempered Glass Bar Kitchen Cutting Board
$29.99
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Bormioli Rocco Glassware Cooler Glasses Set Of 4 Made In Italy Dishwasher Safe
$30.99
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Genuine Venetian Glass CLOWN Original Sticker made in ITALY Multi Colors 9 tall
$29.99
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Vintage Hollywood Regency praying girl italy picture convex glass
$69.95
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Italian Murano Style Vase teal black grey white
$65.00
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DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONAL ROSARY FIRE POLISHED GLASS CATHOLIC MARIAN DEVOTION
$24.95
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Creazioni Silvestri Italy Arte Murano Frosted Glass Bowl Romeo and Juliet
$39.95
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Prism London Paris Cream Tortoise Glasses Frames NIB 400 value
$350.00
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SMITH OPTICS DOLEN CHROMAPOP SUNGLASSES POLARIZED SUN GLASSES BRONZE MIRROR NEW
$188.10
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SMITH OPTICS Aura Sunglasses Polarized Techlite Glass Lenses
$70.00
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ROBERTO CAVALLI RC709 GIAMAICA 709 EYEGLASS AUTHENTIC DESIGNER EYE GLASS 059
$260.00
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VINTAGE ITALIAN EURO DISNEY COLLECTIBLE GLASS BEER MUG MARKEDTHIS IS A 4
$5.99
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Vtg Venetian Murano Italy Copper Fleck Aventurine Art Glass Button Earrings
$0.99
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2 VINTAGE MADE IN ITALY GILT METAL FLORAL BEVELED GLASS PICTURES 13 PRETTY
$13.99
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TWO 2 Antique Providentiae Memor Leather Covered Green Glass Decanters 12
$39.99
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Vintage 75 Silver Water Pitcher Marked PM ITALY Glass Bottom Ice Guard
$23.99
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1960s Italy Blue Glass Compote Vase Pedestal Optic Panels Pattern6 1 4 High
$34.79
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Rare Vintage African Amber Venetian Millefiori African Trade Bead Necklace
$200.00
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Crystal Clear Glass Candle Stick Holder Flower Panel Design Made in Italy
$9.99
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Sterling Millefiori black grey and white glass heart shaped ring
$13.00
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Vintage Catholic Aurora Borealis Glass Bead Anno Santo 1975 Holy Year Rosary
$45.00
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Fratelli Lozza Metal Eyeglass NEW Frames 47 19 135 Glasses Gold Spectacles Italy
$14.99
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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO GLASSES FRAME SF2629R 664 PINK STONES 54 15 135 NEW AUTHENTI
$74.99
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6 Royal Crystal Rock Ambassador Sherry Glasses Vintage NEW IN BOX Made in Italy
$14.00
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Monumental Vintage Camer ChandelierMurano ItalyMartinuzzi Chihuly Venini Era
$12,500.00
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Vintage African Trade Beads 24 strand Skunk Black and white multi color dots
$175.00
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Antique Rare Venetian Collector Trade Beads TB5
$115.00
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Vintage Barovier Toso Chandelier Murano ItalyMartinuzzi Chihuly Venini Era
$12,500.00
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Cobalt Blue Empty Glass Water Bottle Acqua Della Madonna Italy Teardrop Design
$7.49
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VINTAGE 12 Italy Tooled Leather Covered Green Glass Wine Decanter
$29.99
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Le Gourmet Wire Lock Storage Glass Jar Canister 575 Tall Made in Italy
$6.99
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Vintage End of Day Spatter Art Glass Murano Italy Ruffled Edge 725 Vase
$14.95
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5 COLLECTIBLE ITALIAN CLEAR GLASS ASHTRAYS
$5.00
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FABULOUS PRADA TORTOISE with COLORS EYE GLASSES FRAMES and ORIGINAL CASE
$35.00
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Vintage Italy Italian Micro Mosaic pointed oval Brooch Pin Millefiore Glass
$9.99
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2 17 Inch Murano Italian Blown Glass Swans From Murano Italy
$450.00
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Antique Venetian White Glass Bead W Cane Inserts Two Stripes
$24.00
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Vintage Murano Italy Glass Paperweight Bell Shape Venetian hand made Mid Century
$85.00
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20 Hand Blown Murano Italy Pink Sparkle Swirl Art Glass Centerpiece Bowl
$175.00
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Blue Glow in the Dark Italian Glass Bead 925 Sterling Silver Reflection Beads
$27.28
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DINO ROSIN TOWER OF BABEL ROUND CALCEDONIA GLASS SCULPTURE MURANO ITALY
$5,250.00
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Antica Murrina Alaska Murano Glass Necklace
$68.50
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Antica Murrina Tatoo 2 Murano Glass Necklace
$35.00
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9 0 Antique Vene Made In Italy Mixed Red Amethyst White Heart Seed Beads 1oz
$4.75
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4 Expresso Cups Saucers Vintage Bormioli Glass Makers Parma Italy
$5.50
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Antica Murrina Purple Murano Glass Necklace with Charms Crystals
$15.00
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Azzurra Maestri Vetrai Large Blown Glass Vase Hand Made Mouth Blown in Italy
$85.00
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Vintage Italian Cut Crystal Compote Candy Dish with Brass Pedestal
$10.81
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Vintage Midcentury Murano Art Glass Gold Fleck Bowl Italy Venetian Art
$39.95
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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.

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

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