Murano glass receives its fame due to vivid colors, superior clarity and transparency. It is made from a mix of silica and chemical compounds that slow the solidification process. As this mixture is heated to very high temperatures, it liquefies, allowing the master to work the glass. The glass is then cooled down, resulting in the creation of colored glass rods. The Murano name is protected by trademark; only glass produced on this island may be called Murano glass.
Some of our jewelry designs feature a combination of Italian Murano glass and German Reichenbach glass. The small town in Germany is home to a company that specializes in glass innovations: Farbglashütte Reichenbach (Colour Glass Hut of Reichenbach) has been producing a variety of high-quality colored glass for more than 140 years. Today, it is particularly noted for its range of glass in brilliant saturated colors as well as the crystal clear quality of its transparent glass.
Leftover Murano Glass
Glass is a natural product that can be reclaimed and recycled many times. When a glass artisan creates a piece of jewelry, a small amount of glass is left over from production. The most recent addition to Pandora’s glass material is the “Beautifully Different” jewelry collection, which uses this surplus Murano glass to create unique colors and designs. Collected and re-melted into new glass rods with unique patterns which are then cut into the correct sizes and shapes, the pieces of Murano glass are carefully added to the designs by hand.
MURANO, THE HOME OF GLASS
Murano is a series of islands about 1.5 km north of Venice, Italy. It has been home to some of the world’s best glassmakers since 1291, when the Venetian Republic ordered the foundries to move their fire-powered factories to the islands and away from the mostly wooded city.