What are the popular Murano glass beads

Every woman should have beads in her collection as they never become outdated and match any outfit. Let us provide you with some information on the most famous type of beads, selected by millions of beaded jewelry fans – Murano glass beads. The magnificence and quality of this specific type make Murano glass beads be presented on almost every beaded bracelet, necklace, or chain. Women of all ages adore the beads made of Murano glass and create artful pieces of jewelry by combining them.

Murano glass beads history

The history of these beads is hard to decipher, we know that Murano glass jewelry was a favorite decoration of the nobility and then spread throughout the world. The colonization made glass beads available to indigenous tribes. The Europeans presented these decorations to the natives as a token of friendship. However, some believe that colonizers simply wanted to conquer native lands. In any case, Murano glass beads became an integral element of the world's history.

Murano glass beads history

How Murano glass beads are created

The process of creating these beads has been mastered for centuries. Originally, Murano glass comes from Murano Island in Venice, Italy. The craftsmen there have been improving their skills for centuries in producing beautiful Murano glass beads. Murano beads are created from glass treated by heat. That is the reason why they are also called lampwork beads sometimes. The essential talent is the ability to mix eye-catching colors with gentle detailing in order to create true masterpieces of beaded jewelry.

Made by skilled lampworkers, the glass is heated over the flame and the details including the shape and the colors are added. And although the craftsmen use the preset patterns and the forming process is always the same, the results are not identical. Every bead is handmade and unique and highly valuable as well. You will never find two absolutely identical Murano glass beads which makes it almost impossible to see the same, let’s say, bracelet in your best friends’ hand.

How to choose a Murano glass bead

The question of choosing a perfect bead has bothered fashionistas for centuries and here we will find how to select the best option for you. When choosing a Murano bead one asks himself the following questions: What color should I choose? What shape will look the best? What size of beads to select? So, all you need is to select Murano beads of appropriate color, theme, the right size, and shape to compliment your bracelet or any other part of your outfit. Murano beads are so beautiful and eye-catching, they will become an eye magnet whatever jewelry they are attached to.

Murano glass beads types

Now let’s take a look at bead types that differ in vibrant colors, sophisticated themes, and eye-catchy shapes. There are astounding art nouveau, elegant, romantic, modern, vintage, classic, folklore Murano glass beads. Among other themes, we can find teens, floral, love, marine, festive, and stylish timeless examples.

Bead shapes are so diverse that it’s challenging to illustrate all these incredible pieces. Classic geometric shapes are never outdated, and there are found the circle, lined, zigzag, oval, sphere, semi-sphere, diamond, and square beads. Natural motives are also vividly presented in bead collections with butterfly, flower, leaf, drop, and more shapes. You can choose waved, concaved, convexed, entwined, relief, spiral, or twirl Murano glass beads.
Here are presented other different bead types to help you choose the best decoration.

Chevron Murano glass beads

Chevron beads are dated back to the late 15th century when they were exported to Africa and America. The Barovier family started the creation of these amazing decorations and made them popular worldwide. Chevron glass beads, also called rosetta or star beads, are produced in Italy as glass canes.

They differ in size, and each has a unique coloring thanks to the sophisticated creation process when a bead is layered with alternating colors. Generally, a bead has six color layers, but there are found old samples with four.

Today they are widely sold and collected by jewelry lovers, making their owners stand out and impress the world.

Chevron Murano glass beads

Lampwork Murano glass beads

Another well-known bead type is lampwork glass beads. Like a thousand years ago, these beads are made directly over the flame. Usually, you can find them in elongated, ovular, stout, and round shapes. The variety of their designs is impressive as flame creates unique shapes and hues.

The creation process is quite complicated as a craftsman needs to put a non-melting core inside a glass bead. Then the glass cover is heated with a blowtorch and starts melting, creating fine colorful wisps. Several glass layers may be added for unique designs and stunning looks.

These beads will not leave anyone cold due to their deep coloration and magnifying power. Your outfits will have an incredible look if complemented with decorations made of lampwork Murano glass beads.

Lampwork Murano glass beads

Seed Murano glass beads

Seed beads are the best option for making jewelry due to their small size and versatility. They come in any imaginable colors and shades that make seed glass beads a universal handicraft material.

These tiny Murano beads are made with a thin glass rod and cut into pieces. Then they make a small hole in the middle of every glass piece. After that, beads are fired to remove rough edges.

Every Murano glass seed bead has its unique look. A tiny bead can take a different shape and color that is perfect for creating customized decorations.

You can use them for making colorful necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and cutting-edge rings. Feel free to experiment and stand out with these amazing beads.

Seed Murano glass beads


Murano glass beads are adored all over the world because of their vivid design and great level of detail. Add uniqueness and premium quality of beads and it becomes clear why this type of beaded jewelry has gained such enormous popularity among women of all ages. Check out our fascinating collection of Murano glass beads and choose your unique decoration. These beads have 4.25-4.50 holes making them easy for threading. Benefit from discounts on second purchases and free shipping.



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