You're invited to join the original secret society
The Murano Mistica Bracelet embodies eight centuries of glass making artistry
The origins of Murano glassmaking in Venice go back to the times of the Roman Empire when molded glass was used for illumination in bathhouses. Blending Roman experience with the skills learned from the Byzantine Empire and trade with the Orient, Venice emerged as the epicenter of artisan glass as early as the 8th century.
While eager to coax the flames of commerce, the Republic wasn’t eager to share their glassmakers with the world. In 1291 the master glassmakers were ordered to relocate to the island of Murano under the reasoning that the foundries might set the city of Venice on fire. However, many historians agree that the true motive for this law was to isolate the glass craftsmen so they wouldn’t be able to disclose trade secrets. A subsequent law passed in 1295 forbidding the glassmakers from leaving the city confirms this theory. This “secret society” had its perks though. Murano artisans were well rewarded for their efforts. They had a privileged social status, and their daughters were allowed to marry into the wealthiest of Venetian families.
While no longer under wraps, Murano glass making is still regarded as being one of the finest forms of art and craftsmanship in the world. We are happy to welcome you to the original secret society with the Murano Mistica Bracelet. We think you’ll find the cost of entry incredibly affordable.
- Made in Italy
- (4) 20mm square murano glass
- (6) 8.58mm round murano glass
- 7"+1 1/2"length
- Lobster clasp
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