About Millefiori


About 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

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

Millefiori Glass

Introduction about Millefiori 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 Millefiori Glass were produced using the most famous Murano Glass rods or canes(Murrine 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 millefiori

Before creating Millefiori 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-colors layered sphere is formed that grows in size. This sphere is then placed in a special mould made from Millefiori glass canes(Murrine Canes) to give the Millefiori product the necessary shape.

The Process of Making Millefiori

Value of Vintage and Antique Millefiori Bead

Value of Antique Millefiori Beads

The antique millefiori beads were mostly made in Venice, a city in Italy, specifically in a small Venetian town known as Murano.

Antique millefiori beads were all made out of multi-colors glass.

The design and craftsmanship of millefiori beads come at a price. Ancient millefiori beads are more valuable than those being made today.

The Value of Antique Millefiori Bead

Quality Assurance

Quality Standard of Millefiori Murano Glass

The Millefiori Murano Glass we offer

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

Quality Standard of Murano Glass

Origin of Glass

Authenticity of Millefiori Murano Glass

The products of Millefiori Murano Glass 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 Millefiori Murano Glass is purchased from our shop.

Origin of Millefiori Murano Glass