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Murano Glass Necklaces - The Art of Beads

Emi Rigs
ABSTRACT
Murano necklaces are the kind of jewellery that may make you stand out in a crowd, whether they're elaborate or understated, simple or intricate, bright or clear. Every seed bead and seed strand is crafted individually. The glass craftsmen of Murano, Italy, create these works of art that are highly sought after by any woman who values original, feminine jewelry.

Many cultures and civilizations over many thousands of years have crafted beautiful glass beads. Ladies of the Masai tribe in Africa, the Dayak tribe in Borneo, and the Hopi Indians of the New World all adorned their necks with these pendants in the past and continue to do so now. They can be woven, blown, strung, melted, or embedded, creating an almost infinite variety of patterns and textures that resemble glistening drops of light. Only the Murano glassmakers can produce such exquisite beads.

Glass jewelry has been a specialty of Murano craftsmen for nearly a millennium. Jewelry made from Murano glass has been highly sought after and revered for generations, and the little island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon has been home to some of the world's most renowned glass craftsmen for centuries as well.

Each Murano glass layered necklace is a one-of-a-kind work of art, and they come in an infinite variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. Drops of glass are blown to form tiny, multi colored or clear orbs, sometimes with flecks of gold or silver embedded in the glass. There are also big beads with intricate patterns of colour or texture. And others are little, fragile, soft, and silky; their stringed together hues resembling a rainbow waterfall. There are chokers that have a single huge, eye-catching piece of glass set in a string of small seed beads. Some are just a random assortment of beads that don't match at all, while others are more fanciful and out there.

Murano necklaces, whether they are modern, traditional, elegant, or ornate, are works of art that would draw attention to any lovely neck.

Most of the techniques used to make glass art today were developed by artists in Murano. The craft of glassmaking has remained mostly unchanged for thousands of years, despite the fact that technology has made it easier and faster to produce. Beads of every imaginable hue can now be made using these time-honored methods.

Each and every bead of Murano glass is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, whether it's millefiori (thousands of blooms) or filigrana (intricate patterns). They become works of art when housed in delicate glass pendants.

A dainty glass necklace is a versatile addition to any outfit. Wearing a long necklace of tiny glass beads and one enormous, magnificent ruby red delicately inlaid bead is a classic combination with a black evening gown. Pair your favourite pair of trousers and a cosy sweater with a silver necklace that has a single sparkling millefiori bead. A glass necklace in vivid colours may elevate even the most basic ensemble. Wearing a necklace made of dazzling beads is a subtle way to add some whimsy to an otherwise serious outfit, such as black or grey. Glass necklace with a single cobalt blue bead is light, delicate, and feminine; it won't overshadow a flowery dress.

To wear a necklace made of Murano glass is to send the message that its wearer is one-of-a-kind, doesn't take herself too seriously, appreciates beauty but doesn't feel the need to splurge on diamonds, is interested in and respects art and culture, and values tradition. Owning a genuine, authentic Murano glass necklace is akin to entering the ranks of the women of impeccable taste from centuries ago who understood how to employ glass's inherent beauty to accentuate their own.