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Murano Glass
Murano Glass is the name given to the famous Italian glass products that comes from the island of Murano, in the Venetian Lagoon. The expert glassmakers of Murano have been at the forefront of European glassmaking for centuries, refining techniques such as: crystalline glass; enamelled glass (known as smalto); golden glass (known as goldstone); multicolored glass (known as millefiori); milk glass (known as lattimo) as well as imitation gemstones made of glass. Murano Glass is highly individual and extremely beautiful and is still made by a handful of skilled artists who maintain their traditional, glassmaking production methods as closely guarded secrets. The popularity of Murano Glass is such that it is widely counterfeited and sold as genuine Murano Glass around the world. It is estimated that around 40% of the Murano Glass market now consists of immitations. Genuine pieces of Murano Glass can only be made on Murano and should always come with a certificate of authenticity.

Murano glass necklaces
Murano glass necklaces come in an amazing array of styles, bead shapes, lengths and colours. They range from short strings of perfectly round beads, all of the same colour, to a long strand of beads made up of a mixture of shapes, sizes and colours. The majority of Murano glass necklaces are single strand, but there are also double stranded, and sometimes even triple and mult-stranded strings of beads. The glass beads themselves can be anything from a tiny 'seed bead' to a large, rectangular bead or a triangular chunk. Sometimes they are close together, often interspersed with a smaller glass bead, and another popular style is to have the beads spread out thinly along the chain which gives an impression of them floating around your neck. The chains can be silver, gold, coated metal or thread.
Murano glass bracelets
As with the necklaces, the Murano glass bracelets come in endless styles, colours and bead configurations. The only thing that does not change is the size, they all tend to be roughly the same length but most have a small length of chain at the clasp which makes the bracelet adjustable. More often than not, the chain will have a tiny bead hanging from the end of it which is a very pretty touch. Some bracelets, particularly the ones matching Murano glass pendants, will have just a single bead with stoppers on either side.
Murano glass earrings
Murano glass earrings do not tend to be small, and generally consist of a single bead hanging from hypoallergenic, anti-tarnish hooks. The single Murano glass bead is usually topped with one or two contrasting glass beads and a stopper. Sometimes the Murano beads are of a different shape and the earrings a little longer and sometimes the single bead is moulded, giving a 3D effect. There are other styles of Murano glass earrings, included multi-stranded, single bead stud earrings and long strings of smaller beads.
Murano glass pendants
A pendant is usually a single bead of Murano glass on the end of a chain, metal cord, braided leather or cloth cord. The Murano bead can simply be a traditional round glass ball, a Murano glass heart, a flat Murano bead of a teardrop or heart shape, or a large, multi-coloured bead which has been sculptered with amazing shades of Murano glass.
Murano glass lighting
Murano glass lighting is not cheap but it is certainly spectacular. There are Murano glass ceiling lights, wall lights and table lamps to suit any room in the house. The ceiling lights range from a single, decorated, blown glass globe to a brightly coloured array of Murano blown glass balloons hanging from long wires. There are chandeliers, some with only three lights but others with five or seven, crystal lights in varying colours and simple, single, elegant lights which can be used singly or in a row. The Murano glass wall lights tend to match the ceiling lights but look equally good on their own. Murano glass table lamps come in many different heights and styles, some of them heavily decorated with Murano glass sculptured into the shapes of birds and flowers.
Murano glass objects
When people talk about Murano glass objects, we all immediately think of extravagent bowls, huge sculputures and sets of expensive wine glasses. While these glass objects exist, and are very popular, particularly with collectors, there are pieces of Murano glass for all budgets. A simple wine bottle stopper with a large Murano blown glass ball on top is affordable luxury. There are also Murano glass bottle openers and paper knives, small bowls and plates which make effective gifts and don't break the bank. Murano glass ornaments come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, from tiny glass animals, fish and Christmas angels to large dishes, vases and figurines of horses and loving couples.
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