Venetian Glass Beads

18 Feb

Venetian Glass is so named because it is made by Old World artisans on the island of Murano near Venice, Italy. They make some of the most beautiful glass produced in the world, and have done so for centuries. Combining the Old-World charm of Venetian Glass and the Space-Age flash of dichroic glass produces stunning effects.

Dichroic Glass
NASA developed dichroic glass for use in satellite mirrors. This glass contains multiple micro-layers of metal oxides, such as gold, silver, titanium, chromium, aluminum, zirconium, magnesium, silicon. Certain wavelengths of light will either pass through or be reflected, displaying an array of colors.

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Dichroic Venetian Heart Beads
These hearts are available in gold, aqua, opaque black, herb green, blue, dark aqua, aquamarine, and rubino. Rubino is the hot pink color. Each bead is handmade in Murano by layering Venetian Glass with chips of Dichroic Glass, then encased in transparent glass.

Dichroic glass can be fused with other glass in multiple firings in a kiln. Due to variations in the firing process, individual results can never be exactly reproduced. Each piece of fused dichroic glass is unique. It makes stunning pendants and cabochons for jewelry.

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Manuela Silver Foil Multi Bracelet
Venetian bead bracelet adorned with multi-colored silver foil disc beads and separated with .925 sterling silver sparkle beads.

Aventurina Glass
Aventurina is one of the most popular Murano glasses. It contains micro particles of copper filings or chromic oxide.

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Aventurina Floral Heart Beads
Venetian glass painstakingly decorated with floral designs of Aventurina in a delicate pattern. Available in blue, red, topaz, and black, these handmade Murano glass beads begin as a mass of colored glass, then they are shaped and worked under the torch, adding the white gold and Aventurina detail in floral motifs.

This stuff is absolutely stunning!

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4 Responses to “Venetian Glass Beads”

  1. crystalhouse March 26, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    Are you familiar with the shimmer and subtle beauty of Venetian glass beads? They are so versatile – glass beads that are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, finishes, foils and textures. These gorgeous glass beads give instant “added value” to any beaded jewelrypiece which incorporates them.

    The Venetian Glass beads from Crystal House never fail to impress beaders everywhere; both for their stunning beauty and their peerless workmanship.

    In many cases, Venetian Glass Beads can be used as focal beads or grouped with other beautiful beads to create a beautiful beaded necklace or bracelet. Using the other products on the Gems to Behold website, such as their freshwater pearls, the elegant clasps and a selection of other beads and Swarovski crystals, you can create many fabulous beaded jewelry items.

    We have a beautiful collection of venetian glass loose beads and jewellery. Please visit us at
    http://crystalhouse.in/
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  2. elaine: nicholsons jewellers May 6, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Venetian (Murano) Glass beads are a fabulous way to have a distinct and personal piece of jewellery. Lovelinks at Nicholsons Jewellers is a fantastic concept of “design-your-own” bracelet or necklace using a mixture of venetion (Murano) glass links with silver or gold plated links (see link below). Lovelinks is taking Europe by storm. Check it out and see what your’re missing!

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  3. elaine: nicholsons jewellers May 6, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    Venetian (Murano) glass beads are fantastic ways to make an original bracelet and necklace.
    Lovelinks at Nicholsons Jewellers (see link below) is a “design-your-own” concept of bracelet building that is taking Europe by storm! The colours and patterns are out of this world! Check it out or be left out!

    http://www.nicholsonsjewellers.co.uk/lovelinks-jewellery-c12.html

    Elaine
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