A Necklace of Murano Glass and Handmade Lampwork Designer Glass Beads in Teal, Amethyst and Brown Tones CRBM 10008


This 18"-long necklace is made of exquisite silver-leaf Murano glass beads complemented with handmade designer lampwork amethyst and raku glass beads by Josephine Waldman.  The small spacers are Mykonos glass. 

The lentil-shaped Murano beads are 17x11mm, the amethyst and raku beads are 134x8mm, and the small Mykonos beads ate 4mm in diameter. 

A large Dragon lobster metal clasp with a green patina matching that on Mykonos spacers completes the necklace.

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.