Thousand and one color
Probably, always when buying a new piece of jewelry it is important for you and me to make it fit our style, please the eye and combine with other accessories. But no less important is to realize that your jewelry is a real work of art. When we look at a precious accessory as a real masterpiece, the aesthetic pleasure of this cannot be expressed in words. Jewelery made of liquid glass is the best suited to become that very masterpiece – your personal work of art.
Italian Beauty – Millefiori
Today, everyone has heard the beautiful word millefiori – pendants or pendants made of unusual colored glass unconditionally belong to the class of luxury jewelry. A lot of colors are “mixed” in these jewelry, and quite bright. And while they still manage to look elegant and adorn any woman. Such unusual jewelry accessories are jewelry from beautiful Venice.
Murano glass: how it all began
In fact, it all started with a secret. The secret also ends: no one today knows exactly how Venetian jewelers make rings, bracelets, pendants and pendants millefiori. Nevertheless, some information reached us.
It is believed that the ancient Egyptians were the first to learn how to make glass mosaic with a thousand flowers, and this happened shortly before the beginning of our era. True, then information about such a technology is lost for a long time, and only in the Renaissance era the manufacture of such fantastically bright and colorful glass became the hallmark of the Venetian glassblowers. It is difficult to say whether these two events are connected – they are very far from each other – both geographically and chronologically. But be that as it may, a special way of producing glass using the Millefiori technique is considered to be precisely an Italian calling card. Even more precisely – the Venetian. And even more precisely – Murano.
Murano Island is considered the largest in the Venetian lagoon. The first information about him came to us for a long time. Even in the Middle Ages, noble Venetians loved to relax and in every way relax on this island. All kinds of balls and masquerades, birdsong at the fountains and playing musical instruments, gentle serenades and wonderful declarations of love – which this island has not seen in many centuries of its existence! It was a holiday island, a real firework of Italian passions and emotions. It is not surprising, therefore, that fancy glass originated here.
They say that the impetus that allowed Italians to get carried away with colorful glasses was trade contacts with the East. Venetian merchants established trade relations with wealthy oriental merchants, and they introduced Europeans to colorful glassware, which until then had not been heard in the Old World. The Venetians were so impressed by such beauty that they immediately decided to “upgrade” it and create their masterpiece – the very millefiori jewelry in the image and likeness of oriental iridescent glass.
The people who made glass called themselves glassblowers. Today, the name of this profession sounds intriguing and almost magical. Similar magic around this occupation was in those far times. The glassblower profession was considered incredibly significant, honorable, and people, without exaggeration, gave this work all their time, energy, imagination and ability to work. Instead, the glassblower received a fairly high social status and financial viability. Of course, the glassblower profession immediately became hereditary: after all, every parent wants a better life for his child.
Venetian glassblowers quickly outdid their eastern “teachers” and began to make such magnificent masterpieces that all of Europe was hunting for. Of course, there were dishonest buyers: it was not enough just to enjoy the work of Venetian art, they wanted to find out all the secrets and arrange the production of such jewelry in their countries. But the Venetians perfectly understood the importance of their specialty, and therefore at the very end of the XIII century they sent all the workshops in which they made jewelry to the island of Murano – away from competitors and unscrupulous partners.
Another, no less important reason for such isolation of jewelry workshops can be considered elemental security issues. We remind you that glass products needed firing. So, in the workshops open fire was burning all the time. In the old days, when all the buildings in the city were built exclusively of wood, an accidental fire could be very expensive. And although Venice, as we understand it, does not suffer from a lack of water, it is unlikely that such regular fire risks could be justified by anything. Therefore, these two reasons were found for the relocation of glassblowers outside the city limits.
Strict laws that prevented craftsmen from leaving the island and producing their products elsewhere (up to the death penalty) did their job: Murano glass has since been produced only on the designated island and nowhere else in the world.