Welcome to the world of Murano Glass collecting! Murano glass has a lot to offer the collector, a long lineage of artists dating back to the 12th century to the current maestri living and working in Murano, Venice.
Where do I Start?
One of the best ways to learn about Murano Glass is to visit a collection or search the web, and do some research on the Internet about the pieces and styles of Murano Glass that you find most attractive. Search your desires and figure what types of glass you like, traditional or more modern art inspired? Is there a particular artist or style of glass working that you admire? Do you like millefiori? Paperweights? Figurines? Glassware for the table? One of the appeals of glass collecting in general is the many unique and ingenious methods used to create different designs and effects. After a short while you should be able to ascertain which type of design or technique of glass working you favor and move your collection in that direction!
Buying Murano Glass
It is always best to buy authentic Murano Glass pieces, as they are more valuable, and it’s always nice to know that your piece was created with care by the Italian masters. Unfortunately much of the Murano Glass on the internet is “Murano Style” which generally, means that it was made somewhere other than Murano, usually in Asia or Brazil. Authentic Murano Glass is a much higher quality, and after growing used to collecting Murano glass, you will be able to identify authentic Murano Glass at a glance.
However, over the Internet, things are often not what they seem, and you cannot easily inspect the item you are interested in. What it comes down to is the reputation and honest of the retailer. Have they been selling Murano glass for a while? Do they have a good reputation? Do they sell only Murano glass or a little of everything, including Murano Glass? How long have they been in business? Do they offer any type of return policy?
My Italian Decor sells one hundred percent made in Italy, hand-painted in Murano, this is a special piece that will make an extraordinary gift for yourself or another.