Bordered Murano Glass Ear Stud Silver
Article Number 67502
The magic mountain. In a bead.
As said before, only the secretive Venetian goldsmiths on the island of Murano know how exactly these glass beads are made, but the silver foil in the bead is easy to recognize and evolves the rocky cool charm of the magic mountain, even if not of Thomas Mann, of the Grimm magic mountain.
Even today, the lagoon island of Murano, situated in front of Venice, is an important production site for the precious Venetian glass, which is a valuable export article. The colorful shimmering glass beads are made there according to the best artisan traditions. A small German jewelry workshop in the city of Pforzheim, which is, to the same extent, specialized in high-quality clasps, makes this exceptional Murano jewelry out of the Murano beads. Shape, color and beauty of these beads are acquired by individual handwork under the flames. Due to its high proportion of aluminum oxide, the glass material used is nearly unbreakable. This is the only information that the manufacturers are prepared to provide. The composition of their parent material or the color formulas remain closely guarded secrets. The only aspect we can explain is the shimmering: broadly speaking, a fine gold or silver foil is laid over the bead blanks, which were separated beforehand from the glass rod and serve as a foundation for a further colored glass layer. For the so-called water-colored beads a copper-bearing powder mixture is added in a particularly complex process.
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