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About Italian Artistic Glass

What is Millefiori

What is Millefiori

Millefiori is one of the best-known glasswork techniques which produce unique decorative patterns on glassware.
The word of "Millefiori" consists of two Italian words: 'mille' means one thousand and 'fiori' means flower. "Millefiori" representing the pattern of whimsical flowers with beautiful colors was named by maker Apsley Pellatt who first used the term "Milleifori" in his book called "Curiosities of Glass Making" in 1849. The term also appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary.

What is Millefiori

What is Murano Glass

Making Murano Glass

Murano Glass is a glass in a chemical sense of the word that is made exclusively on the small island of Murano, which is located within the borders of the Northern Italy city of Venice. Murano Glass is made when potassium, silica, soda and lime are mixed together in a fiercely hot furnace at a temperature of 1500°C to turn the mixture into liquid state.

The first time Murano glass appeared was in the 8th century Rome. Murano became the glassmaking center when the Venetian Republic feared that fire would destruct the city's buildings since they were mostly wooden. In 1291, the glassmakers were forced to move their factories to Murano.

What is Murano Glass

About Italian Artistic Glass?

Multi-colors Italian Artistic Murano Glass

Millefiori Beads or Mosaic Beads were used in Phoenician times, Roman times, and Alexandrian times.

Dating from the 15th century, it was the first time that Italian Artistic Glasses were produced using the most famous Murano Glass rods or canes(Murrini Canes). After that, for many years, the art of Millefiori was lost and the technique was only revived in the 19th century.

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The process of making millefiori

Making Glass in Murano

Before creating Millefiori Murano Beads, artisans need to make a small, rough glass globe mixture called globule. On the end of a steel pole where the globule is placed, it is dipped into a glass mixture made from different colors. After each dipping, a multi-coloured layered sphere is formed that grows in size. This sphere is then placed in a special mould made from Murano canes(Murrini Canes) to give the Millefiori product the necessary shape.

The Process of Making Millefiori

Value of Antique and Vintage Millefiori Bead

Value of Antique Millefiori Murano Glass Bead

The antique Italian Artistic Glasses were mostly made in Venice, a city in Itlay, specifically in a small Venetian town known as Murano.

Antique Italian Artistic Glass Beads were all made out of multi-coloured glass.

The design and craftsmanship of Italian Artistic Glass Beads come at a price. Ancient Millefiori Murano Beads are more valuable than those being made today.

The Value of Antique Millefiori Bead

Quality Assurance

Quality Standard of Millefiori Murano Glass

The Italian Artistic Glass we offer

Commonly, the versatile patterns on the finished Italian Artistic Glass products are handmade creation, not produced by machinery or any printing technique, therefore, variations in colour, uneven edges, fusion or blended patterns of Italian Artistic Glass are expected results. Customers should understand this before purchasing.

Quality Standard of Italian Artistic Glass

Origin of Glass

Authenticity of Millefiori Murano Glass

The products of Italian Artistic Glasses we offer come with our passion and include the certificate of authenticity in English and Chinese, assuring you that each item you purchase is genuine.

Our certificate is an authenticity to guarantee that this Italian Artistic Glass is purchased from our shop.

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