Venetian splendour: Shimmering gold captured in an elegant heart made of Murano glass.
Still elaborately handmade by glass artists on Murano.
Since 1291, the world-famous glass has been made on Murano, the island in the lagoon of Venice. But today, only a few small manufactories still practise the art of glass making.
Elaborately shaped by hand, with an implant made of 999 fine yellow gold.
The experienced glass-making artists separate a small piece from partially coloured Murano glass rods from which the glass core is created over an open flame. Depending on the design, glass rods of different colours are then added to achieve a pattern. Particle after particle, the fine yellow gold implant is applied which merges with the core. This is followed by applying a finishing glass layer, either coloured or transparent, to give the heart its final appearance in shape and colour. The necklace is made of gold-plated 925 silver. Length: 75cm (29.5"). Exclusive to Pro-Idee.
Murano - the centre of the European glassmaking industry since the 13th century.In the 11th century the sailors of the Serenissima not only brought silk and spices to Venice, but also the art of glassmaking. However, the narrow alleys of the city combined with the fire that was required for making glass was always a source of great danger – and so in 1291 the glassmakers were sent to the island of Murano.
For centuries, Murano glass belonged to the most desired luxury goods in the world. Today, the output is split between mass fabrication for tourists – and elegant glass art objects, such as this jewellery, that is still elaborately made by hand, piece by piece.