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Venetian Murano rings are approximate to within a few millimetres,
because they are handmade and not machine cut they are not perfect
mathematical circles inside, and therefore cannot be measured to
the exact millimetre on a ring sizer. It is normal for the back
of the ring to be sometimes a little uneven or bumpy, it is simply
how the rings are made, but the insides are as smooth and sleek
as you expect from the world's most famous glass. It is also perfectly
normal for there to be some bubbles in the glass, again as a result
of them being handmade.
Please bear in mind that the rings are magnified to give you as
much detail as possible and that any bubbles in the glass are visible
only when held up close to the face. The glass makers of Murano
do not produce "seconds" it is simply not done.
Bead History - An Ancient Art Form
Beads have been made from glass for more than 5,000 years. The discovery
of fire was the most essential step in glass bead making.
The ancient Egyptians used metal mandrels
(a shaft or spindle in a lathe to which work is fixed while being
turned) to hold pieces of glass over the flame, as the glass would
soften it was wrapped around the mandrel to form beautiful ornaments.
These early beads or vessels were considered so precious they were
sometimes placed in burial tombs. Even today this method is still
used in bead making.
Venetian Bead information & facts Bead making in Venice goes back to the days
of Marco Polo. When he returned from traveling in Asia with a collection
of beads, the local artisans used their skills with glass to reproduce
There is no difference between Venetian and Murano beads. The glass
used to make the beads originates in Murano., which is a small island
just a 5 minute vaporetto (boat) ride from Venice. The term Venetian
glass is used to describe the beads, as Venice is more widely known
than the Island of Murano, so people tend to refer to it as Venetian
The beads are made in both Venice and Murano in Italy. Murano is
famously know as "The Glass Island" The glass furnaces
were moved here in 1297 by mandate of the Doges of Venice. The round
beads tend to be quite sturdy, the longer thin beads and shapes
which have points are more delicate. As with all glass it is important
to treat it with care.
Venetian beads tend to be more expensive as they are not mass produced,
and some beads can take up to 45 minutes to make. Because they are
handmade, not so many can be produced in a day, and there are a
limited number of people who are skilled in this ancient craft,
therefore the supply is limited. Because each bead is handmade,
the size and shapes will vary a little, they are all within a range,
but no two beads can ever be exactly the same.
Gold & Silver foil works to amazing effect in bead making. Small
squares of tissue thin 24k gold and .925 Sterling silver are used,
because this foil is inside the glass it cannot peel or chip. Although
beads with a gold exterior can lose some of their foil over time,
because these beads do not have a final coat of clear glass. This
is not a defect in any way, and can enhance the overall effect of
the bead. SkaraDesigns Jewellery use both methods in their products.
Why are Venetian beads more expensive?
Beads made in Venice are all handmade, so only a limited number
can be produced in a day. There is also a limited number of people
still working this ancient craft in Venice, so supply is limited.
They are much more beautiful than other types of beads due to the
quality of both the glass and the workmanship.
What are the beads made of?
They are made of glass which is about 70% silica (sand) Venetian
beads are made from a type of glass known as soda glass. The beads
start with glass rods which have been made in Murano.
Will the glass break easily?
As with all glass, your jewellery should be treated with care, but
the beads and jewellery have been properly annealed in an annealing
oven to reduce the stress of the glass and therefore increase it's
Why is each bead different? This is because they are made my human
hand and not by machine, and beads made by the human hand will always
have slight, often miniscule variations. They are all within a range
but no two can ever be the same, these variations are not imperfections,
or rejects, simply put, each bead is unique. When making a pair
of earings for example I always choose beads which are so similar
to each other in size and shape that to the untrained eye they would
look like the perfect match.
Caring for Sterling Silver jewellery
Sterling Silver is a metal that is meant to be worn. Leave it lying
around and it will tarnish, all silver tarnishes naturally, but
at different speeds depending on the silver content, how it is treated
and the chemicals it comes into contact with, ie, perfume, hair
spray and make-up, to name a few. Skara Designs Jewellery recommend
that unworn silver jewellery is best kept in a plastic zip lock
A silver cloth is the best way to remove tarnish from jewellery,
use gently and take care not to pull the jewellery through the cloth,
but rather, rub the item gently against the cloth. If your piece
of silver jewellery contains other beads, such as crystals or pearls,
take great care not to touch these with the cloth. It is also best
not to wear it whilst swimming. Do not use silver dip on your jewellery.
Caring for Gold jewellery
Unworn Gold jewellery is best kept in a satin or velvet box, pouch
or bag. Each piece should be stored separately to prevent the risk
of scratching. SkaraDesigns Jewellery can supply small velvet pouches
To clean your gold jewellery use a very soft cloth, chamois leather
is ideal. There are also some very good gold cleaning liquids around,
make sure you follow the instructions carefully, this is ideal for
cleaning the nooks and crannies that the cloth cannot reach.