Fashion Jewellery Made in Murano
The Murano glass fashion jewellery features a long history that starts with production of glass pearls.
Fashion Jewellery Made in Murano
This industry begun in Murano during the 12th century under the suggestion of Polo , who had brought some specimens from his travels to the East. From that period the assembly of conterie - the name derives from the Latin compus, meaning adorned, and indicates beads used for adornment and ornament - has started.
Initially the staple was supplied by shards of glass imported from the Orient, which were melted down and reused. Later the pearls were created from glass rods, solid or hollow, elongated by the master and his assistants. They were then processed consistent with the normal and ancient lampwork technique. From the solid rods lampwork pearls were obtained; from the hollow ones, conterie beads of varied shapes: round, cylindrical, multi-faceted.
The range of objects which will be achieved with this process is enormous: paroures, earrings, bracelets are the foremost common.
Another sort of technique is that the sommerso, which allows the creation of pearls melting gold and silver leaves with glass.
Depending on the processing technique, the glass pearls are often divided into two basic categories: conterie, beads obtained from previously prepared rods, or lampwork beads, obtained by wrapping softened glass around an iron rod then enriching it with other materials like gold, enamels, avventurine, millefiori. The latter process is newer and dates back to 1600.
The different sorts of beads made today by master glassmakers in Murano are:
1) conteria: glass beads round in shape, with the dimensions traditionally wont to create the standard flowers of Venice or for embroidery on fabric. the normal process involves lampworking with inclusion of leaves of gold, silver or alloy , into the glass. Nowadays in costume jewellery the term conterie means beads of small size;
2) socièta: unique color bead, of spherical or elliptical shape;
3) mosaico or millefiori: covered with murrine;
4) sommerso: over a monochromatic glass core, grit of colored glass or maybe a golden leaf is placed, then covered by another layer of crystal clear glass;
5) fiorato: on the core of the initial glass a flat webbing avventurina is applied, whilst the ends of the pearl are decorated with wires made with avventurine also . The operation is completed with colored dots representatives of small flowers.
The pearls and various decorative elements are then mounted on a cotton thread, silver or hypoallergenic metal, to make necklaces and bracelets.
From all this comes the colorful and precious Venetian production. The history continues today with the fashionable creations of top quality costume jewellery, like the refined pieces using Murano glass invented by the Italian designer Gabriella Nanni.
Moreover in Venice artisan workshops aren't uncommon and costume jewellery laboratories and shops - during which you'll enter and see the creation of stylish bijoux - are surprisingly numerous.
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