Another Crisis in Murano: Glass Furnaces Re-Start Costs

I always knew we in the Murano Glass, Venetian Glass and beads world were a small eco system. But COVID19 and the resultant shutdown of Italy, most specifically Venice and Murano have really brought it home. Venetians say we hate tourist and the annoyance to our daily lives they create. UNESCO says Venice can’t maintain the…

Choosing the Right Tools for Your Bead Projects

Whether bead stringing is a new hobby for you or if you want to turn it into your Etsy side hustle, you should invest in specialized beading tools. Custom designed beading tools don’t just make the work process easier. Using proper tools will also help make your bead projects as high-quality as possible, which helps…

Celebrating the End of the Plague in Venice

Who knew something celebrated first more than 400 years ago could be so pertinent to our lives in the 21st Century?The third Sunday of July is Redentore, a celebration of the end of the plague of 1575-1577 which decimated the population of Venice. More than 46,000 or about 25-30% of the population died in this…

Update from Murano

The latest from Murano during their shut down. They are in their 9th week and now a few things are beginning to open. It is a welcome for everyone, that they may, hopefully, begin getting their espresso and cappuccino again soon.Venice has been extremely fortunate to have few cases of COVID19 and still in Murano,…

What Are the Different Types of Murano Glass Beads?

With an endless array of stunning colors and unique designs, Murano glass beads are a beautiful choice for many different types of jewelry. If you’re new to the world of these gorgeous beads, there are several different types that each have their own distinguishing features. Read on to learn more about the variety of Murano…

Cleaning Murano Glass Beads

How to Wash Your Murano Glass Beads – Why Soap it best. We have been talking with our customers about concerns that our beads come from Italy, specifically Venice, Italy.But actually the concern relates to any beads handled by anyone in these days of the coronavirus. And this is a good safety for most everything…

Everything You Need to Know About Murano Glass

What can people do with glass? We use it to make windows, mirrors, bottles, jars, tableware, tables, covers for watch faces, and more — including, of course, beads. Two distinct items can even be referred to as “glasses” — namely, the vision aid and any cup made from the material. Glass is practical for all…

Venice As You Have Never Seen It

Venice during this period of shut down is incredibly beautiful. Thanks to Andrea Rizzo a Venetian photographer who shared this video. .Even Venetians are not getting out to enjoy the beauty of their city. They can only go to the grocery or pharmacy, otherwise they cannot be further from their house than 200 meters. Fortunately,…

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