A Necklace of Vintage Brick Red Eye and Black Murano Glass Beads CRBM 10019


This 21" necklace is made of vintage Murano eye beads in brick red, interspaced with pebble-black and tiny black seed Murano glass beads.  The necklace is finished with a gold-filled box clasp with a matching in color red jasper stone inset.

The red beads are 13x8 mm, the black pebble beads are 10x7 mm, and the tiny seed beads are about 2.5-3mm

The weight is 1.4 oz.

About Murano Glass:

The Venetian island of Murano has been the home of the fabled Venetian glassmakers since the 13th century. The glassmaker’s guild closely guarded the secrets of the trade, and for centuries Murano dominated the European glass market. Henry VIII was among the many august collectors of Murano glass, which was highly popular with European nobility. Peaking in the 16th century, the dominance of Murano glassmakers gradually declined giving way to new technologies developed in England, Bohemia, and Prussia. After Napoleon’s conquest of Venice at the end of the 18th century, Venetian glassmaking became unprofitable, and the glass-making trade went into a sharp decline, with few remaining glassmakers making mostly beads. By the end of the 19th century, there was a strong effort to revive the ancient trade in Murano, and today local artisans keep the secrets of the ancient trade alive.