Tomorrow I’ll be heading to southern Italy to attend a wedding and also to have a relaxing break from my own wedding planning. Like every beader, whenever I go to a new place I like to do some bead shopping for unique items I can’t get at home. I did a quick Google search to get an idea of the kind of beads I may find in Italy and came across the famous Murano glass beads. Now being a gemstone and wood enthusiast, I have to admit that I haven’t given glass beads much attention before and whilst I had vaguely heard of them before, I had no real knowledge of these fancy glass beads. It turns out that they are made in Murano Island (actually a group of 7 islands) situated off the coast of Venice in northern Italy. The Murano glass beads are each individual little works of art with intricate patterns of colour. Some are highly decorated, like the “fiorato” (meaning floral) bead which is usually decorated with flowers and glitter, whilst others have just a solid colour and foil backings…
Pictures from the fabulous online store Bead Addict (click here to visit the site)
Unfortunately I won’t get to actually visit Murano, but I’m hoping to find some nice little bead shop in Naples or Amalfi where I can check out more of these interesting little beads. They are unlike anything I’ve ever used in my jewellery-making and personally I would find them too decorative to use in everyday pieces. But because they are so far out of my comfort zone I have decided to challenge myself to purchase some Murano glass beads on my trip and use them in some jewellery. Ideally I’ll find super decorative ones but chances are I’ll chicken out and buy plain ones. Either way, I’ll let you know how I get on.
Until next time