These earrings feature Ice Blue colored venetian, aka Murano, glass. The glass beads are 14mm flat discs. They are on light weight sterling silver lever back earwires and measure about 1 1/8 inches. The venetian glass discs have a 14K White gold lining inside which gives them an enchanting "glow". The precious metal lining is one of the signature styles of the authentic venetian glass. The glass pendant is crafted by hand by a
master craftsman in Italy then I take the bead and transform it into
wearable delights. No two are alike. Yours will be near identical to the image shown.
History of Venetian (Murano) Glass : In the year 1291, the city of Venice
designated the island of Murano for production of luxury glass. The
island was an ideal locale for two main reasons; first, if a fire were
to break out, it would be secluded to the island only; second, the
secrecy of their glass trade was able to be closely monitored. By the
14th century, Murano's glassmakers were soon the island’s most prominent
citizens. Some of the perks were enjoying immunity from prosecution by
the Venetian state and daughters of a glassmaker were married into some
of Venice’s most affluent families. One downside of the being a
Glassmaker was you were not allowed to leave the Republic and if they
did, there were never allowed to return to the trade.
How Venetian Glass is made : All beads from Venice are made using the centuries-old process of hand forming a single glass bead on a copper wire and then dissolving the wire out of the bead using nitric acid. This technique leaves the bead hole crystal clean all the way through. When white gold comes in contact with the nitric acid, from time to time, it turns the area around the bead hole a “bronzy” copper color. Each batch of beads will vary, no two will ever be alike. Many "imitation" Venetian beads are mass produced (in places like China and India) with several beads formed on a single steel mandrel that has been coated with a liquid releasing agent. When the beads are later slid off the mandrel, the hole is coated with white powder remnants of the releasing agent. This is a sure fire way to tell the beads are not authentic Venetian beads.
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