How do I know if a Murano Glass item is genuine?

How to identify Murano Glass? How to be sure that I am buying a genuine work of Venetian masters, a piece of authentic Murano Glass? Unfortunately, there are not always identifying marks found on Murano glassware and it is not easy to identify Murano Glass. And therefore, this question is by far the most common one among those we receive. This does not come as a surprise since so many counterfeits have flooded the market in recent years. Most Murano Glass lovers appreciate Venetian glassware not only for its beauty but also for its historic, artistic, and sentimental value. So understandably they want to be sure they are buying the real thing, handmade in a Murano Glass factory, rather than some cheap imitation. Here are our top 5 expert tips to ensure you are buying authentic Murano Glass, whether in a store or online.

Tips to Identify Authentic Murano Glass

1. Look at the item itself (or its photos if buying online)

Authentic Murano Millefiori Bowl

  • Does the item appear to be hand-made with a slightly uneven surface or texture, or, perhaps, tiny bubbles inside the glass? If two of the same item stand next to each other on a store shelf are they identical or can you spot small differences? If it’s the latter, you are on the right track, as there can never be two completely identical authentic Murano Glass pieces.
  • Are the photos clear and professional, high resolution and high definition, showing the surface and texture of the glass? Can the photos be enlarged so you can clearly see the patterns
  • Are the colors bright and rich? Does the item seem to glow from within?
  • Does the description say “Murano Glass” (and not “Murano-style” or similar)?
  • Does it talk about real 24K gold or genuine silver being used during production of the glass?
You want to be able to answer YES to ALL of these questions when you are looking for a genuine article. Always look for the evidence of the hand-crafted nature of the items, good photos, rich colors, and specific descriptions.

Finally, look at the price and research where it fits in comparison to prices other sellers charge for similar objects (make sure the style and size of the objects you compare is similar and technique is the same). Be on alert for prices that are way too low, this may be a sign of a counterfeit.

2. Look for identifying marks, labels, or signatures

Authentic Murano Glass Label

Are there any markings, stickers, or engraved signatures on the piece? It helps if there is a mark identifying a certain Murano company or a signature of the master glass-maker on the item, and some Murano Glass companies do label, stamp or sign their work in some way.

However, if your piece does not have any marks or labels, it does not automatically mean that it is not genuine. Keep in mind that there is no legal requirement in Italy that Murano Glass come with some sort of a standard stamp, sticker or any other identifying mark. Different Murano Glass masters choose to mark their glass in different ways, including various stamps, stickers, glass masters’ signatures, and many make no marks at all.

Important Note About Official Murano Glass Label: Many Murano Glass factories and stores will want to convince you to only buy objects marked with Vetro Artistico Murano label of the official Murano Glass Promovetro consortium. While it is true that there is such a consortium, the membership in it is NOT compulsory and IS BOUGHT FOR A FEE. Therefore, at present only a relatively small group of Murano glass factories are the members of that consortium, mainly because they have issues marketing their products themselves. Many Murano Glass factories, especially well-known ones, choose not to become members of Promovetro for practical and financial reasons.

3. Look at what else comes with the item

Murano Glass Certificate of Authenticity


  • Does the seller offer a Certificate Of Authenticity stating the origin and the production process of the item?
  • Does the certificate display any text in the Italian language?
  • Are there any brochures supplied by the seller explaining Murano Glass and its historical and artistic significance?
  • Is special packaging offered with the item? Does the packaging look attractive and is it of good quality?
  • >If the answer is always YES you are on the right track.

    4. Look at the seller

    Murano Glass Store

    • Is the seller reputable? Does it share information about itself? Does it specialize only in Murano Glass or Venetian products and nothing else? Does the seller demonstrate good knowledge of Murano Glass industry, techniques, production process, and history? Does it possess Italian background, education, or extensive travel experience to Italy? Does it offer a generous Return/Exchange policy?
    • If it’s a website, is it professional-looking? Is there a real business address and phone number listed on the site? Look out for the addresses in Asia or in developing countries as this often is a BIG counterfeit warning sign.
    • Does the seller have a very large assortment of various Murano Glass products? Always try to find the sellers that specialize in and know Murano Glass. Beware of the large and faceless web portals selling lots of items unrelated to each other.
    • Does the online seller have lots of things in stock? Can they pick out a piece with specific patterns/colors at your request? If yes, they probably have their own warehouse. If not – they are drop-shippers, which means they have an agreement with other companies to ship to their customers, while never actually seeing the products they sell. Steer clear of such drop-shippers.
    • Are any client testimonials or product reviews readily available on the site? If yes, that often indicates that the seller is confident in the quality of their pieces, even if they get purchased by Murano Glass collectors who often shop at such websites and can easily spot the fakes.
    Positive answers to these key questions indicate that the seller is likely to sell genuine Murano glass. On the flip-side, if the seller also sells lots of other cheap-looking jewelry and accessories, is known as a large seller of cheap household names, can’t tell you much about Murano or Murano glass, will not consider custom requests, does not seem to have any links to Italy, or has a shady website with little business or product info, you are probably looking at counterfeits.

    5. Look at the assortment of Murano glass products the seller offers

    Murano Glass Selection

    • Does the seller offer a wide range of Murano glass products that include jewelry, home decor items and high-end Murano glass items such as vases, sculptures, chandeliers, or art glass?
    • Does it offer any Millefiori items? If so, is there a large variety of them and are they of good quality, displaying intricate patterns with many mosaic pieces in them, and rich colors? Millefiori is one of the most difficult and labor-intensive Murano Glass-making techniques and is harder to fake than some other ones.
    • Does the seller offer to work with you on procuring any custom items or items not in their inventory, such as chandeliers? If yes, that means they have ways of dealing directly with the glass masters.
    • Generally, if you can answer YES to these questions you can be reasonably sure you are dealing with the seller who offers authentic Murano Glass.

      Despite the large number of companies that sell fake glassware labeled as Murano, there are many more that proudly carry the real thing. Authentic Murano Glass is worth purchasing, owning and passing to the next generations, or gifting to your loved ones. The beautiful Murano Glass pieces make great wedding or anniversary gifts and often become family keepsakes and sentimental objects.

      Please do not be put off by all the publicity about the rarity of genuine Murano Glass. When you are armed with the right information, it is very much possible to find a reputable Murano Glass company and purchase from them confidently. GlassOfVenice.com is one such place, where passion for Venice, its cultural and historic heritage, and its beautiful Murano Glass is at the heart of everything we do.

      Should you decide to buy from us, or anyone else, just go by this guide to have confidence in your choice. Above all, trust your instinct and common sense when buying Murano Glass. If something tells you “beware”, try to find out as much information as possible from the seller, and if you are still not satisfied, just steer clear of it and look elsewhere.

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140 thoughts on “How do I know if a Murano Glass item is genuine?

  1. Tony

    I just purchased a new glass piece black panther with silver from my trip to Venice last week. The shops name is Morris Glass in Venice Italy and they gave us a certificate of authenticity which states the artist name, signed by artist, and states the guaranteed and controlled by the official trademark “Vetro Artistico Murano” and certifies its a real Murano Glass piece. How can we be for sure. I can send pics.

    Thanks Tony

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hi Tony, if you do see the official sticker of Vetro Artistico Murano on the piece, the name and the signature of the master, it looks like your piece has all the attributes of authentic Murano Glass. You can also try to research the artist online and see if you can find any information about him.

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  2. Fatima

    Hello! Praises to your wonderful blog and excellent client service. My mom gave us a blue and pink chandelier which she thought to be Murano glass. There are no markings or stamps to say it is. How do we know? Is it alright if we send you some photos? Please?
    Thanks!

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  3. Mark

    Hi Please can you help.
    I have 1 large red goblet and 6 different coloured smaller goblets with a sticker on two of them with the words
    V.A.C
    MURANO
    CIMAROSTI & PINZAN
    ITALIAN GLASSWARE
    Do you think theses are real or copy’s.
    I would be willing to send you pictures.
    Many thanks
    Mark

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  4. Faye

    I have heard that glass from Murano has been sold to Chinese companies and that they are making and selling them labeled Murano glass. Is this just a story?

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hi Faye, to the best of our knowledge the Murano Glass canes used for all Murano Glass production are not being sold to Chinese manufacturers. Some Italian manufacturers were experimenting with outsourcing their raw materials and production process to China at one point but then stopped as it was not working out the way they expected. In most cases it is very easy to spot Chinese counterfeits based on the craftsmanship, design, and various features.

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  5. Brenda Petruzzi

    I read everything you wrote to look for excellent advice.
    I have a couple questions about buying from E Bay from estate lots. I’m from a true Italian family, but I’m in my 50’s now so anything my grandparents had is long gone I have 27 first cousins. I’ve been buying for years now and I read anything I can find on what to look for. With the E Bay Estates, some sellers only have a few item’s and I found those were my best buys at low prices. I have several with signatures that match other pieces bought from other sellers sometimes years apart. On unmarked [ieces I buy I always look for the silver or gold flakes is that right? I look for older larger pieces that are not duplicates and tell me if I”m right if you have a large collection of different artist their pieces all have some of the same traits. Such as lips. or an elephants trunk and legs. birds beaks and eyes. Do you understand what I mean? They are never exact, but similar in many ways is that a way if you’re unsure? My main question now is color. What colors are in very old pieces? Should I be looking for colors that are rarer than others? When you’re making a purchase on places like E Bay some sellers don’t know what they have. Any tips you have for eyeing a beautiful rare Murano would be great.
    Just wanted to tell you my daughter and I are going to Italy next spring and of course, The Murano Island of Glass and Lace are on our list : ) I’ll post about it when we come home.
    Thank you for this site,
    Brenda

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  6. Joan stinson

    I have been collecting Murano for 5 years,I recently purchased a piece of what was advertised as Murano.when I got it found out it’s a fake,made in China.bought it on eBay.seller won’t give refund,is there anything I can do to get my money back?

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hi, unfortunately it is hard to recover your money from sellers in cases when you think you were not sold an authentic piece. What makes you think so? Was there a label on the piece pointing to its Chinese origin? If not, and if you don’t have any other proof, the authenticity would be considered an opinion rather than a fact and it would not constitute a basis for a refund, most likely. Try to contact eBay for resolution of this issue and use buyer protection feature. Good luck and next time we would suggest that you stay away from eBay when shopping for Murano Glass and shop on reputable specialist websites instead.

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  7. Anne Talbot

    I recently visited Ferro & Lazzarini in Murano, and ordered a blue dolphin on a wave, costing 500 euros, and was told it was murano glass. When it arrived, there was no sticker or mark on it, and had a card with it, headed Ferro and Lazzarini guaranteeing that “this item was handmade, using the millenarian traditional technicals of the Murano Art”. Also written in Italian. Can I be sure this is genuine? The sales pressure was terrific. Thank you, Anne

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Anne,Thank you for your note. Ferro and Lazzarini is a reputable company, and typically if you purchase something in their showroom it would be authentic. There is no law in Venice that Murano Glass has to be marked a certain way, and Ferro and Lazzarini are not members of voluntary Murano Glass consortium, so they do not have to adhere to any rule on marking their pieces with something or putting certain stickers on them. That being said, without seeing the piece it is hard to opine on its authenticity, and we are also not opining on the price tag of the vase. You can check our pieces at http://www.GlassOfVenice.com and see if the price seems reasonable to you in comparison to our prices for similar pieces.

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  8. Teresa

    Hi there – I my vase at an estate sale that had a number of items from Britain. This is marked with a red foil sticker in the bottom – Made in Murano Italy (remnant of sticker on the side too). Milky white with gold flecks throughout and 4 amber glass flanges. Very thick and heavy. Authentic? Where can I learn if value? Thank you!!!

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hi Teresa, you can e-mail us the photo and we’ll take a look. Based on your description of the sticker it seems that this item is very likely authentic Murano Glass.

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  9. Linda Smith

    If I send a photo can you tell me if the glass bowl is authentic? Max 2002 is etched on the bottom, there are no labels and I don’t know where it was purchased
    Thank you,
    Linda Smith

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  10. Lesley

    Good morning, I purchased a ‘Murano’ vase yesterday on Murano at ‘Marco Polo Murano . Address Nuova Marco Polo S.R.L., 30141 Murano (VE) Italy FONDEMENTA MANIN. The article number is 15-1778. I was told it was made on Murano by what the salesman said was Danelly and appears to be D Zayelly n the invoice/receipt. Having returned home and researched this company I am not convinced this will be authentic as it appears to be a scam. We were met in S Marco Square and taken by taxi to the company. Do you have an infomation on this company and whether the item might be genuine Muran? It did not have a certified sticker.

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hi Lesley, thank you for your inquiry. We are not familiar with this company and its products and do not know where they source them from. You are welcome to e-mail us the photos of the item you bought with any stickers and signatures clearly shown, as well as the certificate they gave you, and we’ll take a look and share our thoughts.

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  11. Mrs.Hendo

    Hi! I was given a box of tea cups and saucers and I have two that I believe to be Murano from research but they do not have stickers. One is white and pink swirled lines in both cup and saucer. It has imperfections (not damage) and the second has a worn sticker and is dark green and gold painted with raised flowers on both cup and saucer with a stamp claiming it is Murano glass and 22 carat gold.

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  12. Kaitlin Simmeth

    Does anyone know of a swan stamp being used by a murano glass master? The person selling the necklace I am eyeing assumed the stamp meant swarovski…but the style looks more murano than swarovski. Any thoughts?

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  13. Vickie James

    I have a piece of Murano from Italy in the mid 1950’s . It is a fish with a flowing tail which has gotten broken. Can these pieces be repaired? I may have the broken off bit.
    Thank you

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  14. Teresa

    My husband bought me a bracelet when on holiday around Positano.. it is from a company Antica Murrina Venezia. After reading certificate of authenticity I think it might be a copy of murano glass techniques and not murano glass used. Do you think I am right as don’t want to mention it to him as we going back to Italy this year and he wants to buy me a new piece??

    Kind regards Teresa

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  15. Fernando Santiago

    Hello! Thank you for your informative blog. I purchased 2 Murano birds perched on a branch at a nice store along Corso del Rinascimento in Rome. The glass does not have a sticker on it but it is signed Ferro 1929. I searched online but have not seen similar designs by Ferro 1929. Nonetheless, it is well made and looks graceful. May I send you photos? I hope you can share your opinions on it. Regards,

    Fernando

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  17. Kim forte

    I have purchased a beautiful tea set blue glass with gold and embellished with flowers. How can I tell real from fake with this

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  18. Carol

    I have some striped dessert dishes (6, each a different color – matching plate and dish) How can I send a photo to you? No one seems to know where they are from. I have asked antique dealers and looked in books at the library. If I had an email address I could send a photo to you
    Thank you,
    Carol in Bradenton, FL

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  19. jerry

    just purchased whit I think is a murano art glass bowl that is red orange and has 8 scallops and is about 14 inch wide. Has bubbles in the glass and the flat design on the bottom is off center, underside flat space shows like four squares and a mask around those squares. label says vetro esecutio secondo
    tecnica de maestro di, murano , made in italy. looks liget but ? the raised design from the center continues outward yet the whole design is of red translucent squares. no signature that i can see. is quite heavy. any help?

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Jerry,
      thank you for your question. In fact your label says literally the following “glassware following the technique of Murano masters”, which usually means that is NOT made on Murano island. It is similar to other misleading labels such as “Murano style glass” or “Glass created according to Murano techniques”. So sadly we can say with near-certainty that this is a counterfeit though possibly made in Italy rather than abroad.
      Regards,
      GlassOfVenice Client Service

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  20. Ashley

    I was given a hand-blown glass Swan several years ago by my grandmother,who has been an antique collector all of her life. It’s very retro, orange and white milk glass, and I figured it was the typical 60s decor. But I remember her telling me it was murano glass, and she had several pieces in her home. But how can I truly know if it is, there are no markings, no stamps, no stickers anywhere that I can see. It is definitely hand made, you can clearly see bubbles under the surface throughout the piece. It also has a hollow neck. Just curious. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks

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  22. Velma Smith

    I just purchased a Formia Murano Black and silver Exotic Bird. It described it made of clear glass ,black glass and silver flake speckle. It was poise on a glass base and it says it was hand crafted. It said created By Formia Studio in Murano Italy, Exotic Birds Of the World Collection designed by master artist Maestro Francesco 15 ” tall. Sticker is different Sticker was attached to crown on bird says FORMIA VETRI D1 MURANO Made in Italy . It has sticker but on the bottom from what I have read it does not have a place where the artist brock or snapped the glass off. It is wavered like not smooth. So was wondering if someone had any thought they might can share. I see this label so I thought it was from Italy but it is not Gold or silver like all that I see . It is either clear or black like the glass with white letters. Hoping it is from Italy not China . I have learn some my mother is gone now so no one to ask so is someone reading this have any insight for me ? I really Thank You for you replies

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hi Velma, to the best of our knowledge (although we do not work with this company) Formia is based on Murano island in Venice and is a legitimate company making authentic Murano Glass. “Exotic Birds of the World Collection” is a well-known collection designed by Formia. The fact that the base of the sculpture does not have a rough spot does not mean the piece is not authentic, as Murano masters often polish up that spot for aesthetic reasons.
      We hope this helps. Enjoy your Murano Glass bird sculpture!

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hi Sam we are not affiliated with OriginalMuranoGlass and cannot recommend or endorse this company. We at GlassOfVenice.com get Murano Glass directly from the artisans on Murano island whom we know personally and all our pieces are 100% authentic.

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  23. Sue

    Wow!

    I’m planning a trip to Italy and have every intention of bringing back a Murano-glass keepsake. Thank-you for the information you’ve provided. A real eye-opener… and I’ll pack the notes I’ve written and use them to guide me towards a authentic purchase.

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  24. Emily B.

    Hi, I have recently purchased a vase from a thrift store that has a made in murano Italy sticker on it. I looked to see if there were more details to determine if it was real. The rich color, texture, hand made details and overall design seem to be good indicators but I would love to know for sure. How can I get to the bottom of this mystery?

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Emily,
      It is not always easy to tell whether is piece is authentic or not, although a sticker increases the chances that it is. You can also judge by the design and quality of the piece, the technique, and other characteristics of the piece itself as well as of the place where you purchase. You can read our articles on how to identify authentic Murano Glass on this blog for help and better understanding of the issues surrounding authenticity. And you can check our guide to Murano’s most famous glass-making techniques at http://www.glassofvenice.com/murano_techniques.php
      In reading more about the authenticity puzzle good places to start are: http://www.glassofvenice.com/blog/2010/02/how-do-i-know-if-a-murano-glass-item-is-genuine/ or http://www.glassofvenice.com/blog/2014/08/quick-guide-to-buying-authentic-murano-glass/

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Anmol, we do not have information about these companies and do not know where they get their chandeliers. We went to check their websites and noticed that for the first two the websites look very amateurish and the last one had extremely low prices, such as 350-450 euro for a 6-lamp chandelier with real gold. We have years of experience importing and distributing Murano Glass from the workshops on Murano and know that it is impossible to operate selling real Murano Glass handmade by Italian masters based on Murano at such extremely low prices. All three sites are Italian and we would warn you as a consumer against dealing directly with Italy-based websites, as many issues may arise that you may not be able to solve. These range from pre-purchase problems (inability to get timely and detailed responses in English) to customs issues (the need to pay hefty customs fees) to shipping problems (damage, non-arrival, etc.), to post-purchase support (any defects, wrong colors/models shipped, the need for spare parts, questions about assembly, etc.) We have been in this business for years and sold many chandeliers to happy customers in the U.S. and beyond, taking on the resolution of any potential issues with the Italian companies, so that you don’t have to. You can check out our chandelier selection at http://www.glassofvenice.com/home-decor/murano-glass-lighting/murano-glass-chandeliers.html

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  25. Lynda Rees

    I had a pair of what I believe are Mirano glass they are in perfect condition the were a present of my Mother in 1969 but I can not see any authentic mark on them how can i check this

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Lynda, in the absence of labels and without knowing the story of the piece it is difficult to say whether it is Murano Glass or not. You can see if the technique used is one of the famous Murano Glass techniques by checking our techniquies guide at http://www.glassofvenice.com/murano_techniques.php or you can try to find similar items on reputable sites describing or selling vintage Murano Glass such as http://www.20thcenturyglass.com, http://www.rubylane.com, https://www.1stdibs.com/search/?q=murano+glass, http://www.liveauctioneers.com

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  26. David Beal

    Hello,

    I have a very beautiful vase which I bought during a factory trip to Murano. It did come with a certificate, but what worries me is it states Murano Style. I was told it is made with gold leaf and the sales guy even rubbed some glasses from the same range together to show it was excellent quality and not a chinese fake. The company is Nuova Venier SRL. Is this a recognised Murano glass producer?

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear David,
      We do not know anything about Nuova Venier company as we do not work with them. Unfortunately even in Venice by conservative estimates about 60% of the glassware sold in stores and showrooms is not authentic Murano Glass but counterfeit. It may not always be easy to tell whether a piece is authentic or not, however, when it says “Murano Style” it is certainly not authentic. The fact that it is made with gold leaf does not prove that it was made on Murano island, and neither does rubbing the glasses together. You can also judge by the design and quality of the piece, the technique, and other characteristics of the piece itself as well as of the place where you purchase. You can read our articles on how to identify authentic Murano Glass on this blog for help and better understanding of the issues surrounding authenticity. Good places to start are: http://www.glassofvenice.com/blog/2010/02/how-do-i-know-if-a-murano-glass-item-is-genuine/ or http://www.glassofvenice.com/blog/2014/08/quick-guide-to-buying-authentic-murano-glass/
      We hope this helps.
      Sincerely,
      GlassOfVenice

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  27. Lynn

    My husband got a murano glass pendant for his mother and I can’t tell if it’s authentic. The info on the little piece that came with it says:
    ORIVE srl
    Via Venier, 27/B
    30020 MARCON (VE)
    P.IVA: 03242460271

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  28. Paul

    Dear Sirs,

    Was recently in Venice on tour and bought a decanter set at Vecchia Murano. The showroom was nice but had multiple rooms of similar items, so I was wondering if it is all authentic or made in China. I did get a Certificato di Garanzia with my purchase.

    Sincerely Paul who is hoping not to have been scammed.

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Paul, unfortunately even in Venice by conservative estimates about 60% of the glassware sold in stores is not authentic Murano Glass but counterfeit. It is not always easy to tell whether is piece is authentic or not. Typically you would want to see the signature of the master, some sort of a sticker, or other identification on the piece. You can also judge by the design and quality of the piece, the technique, and other characteristics of the piece itself as well as of the place where you purchase. You can read our articles on how to identify authentic Murano Glass on this blog for help and better understanding of the issues surrounding authenticity. Good places to start are: http://www.glassofvenice.com/blog/2010/02/how-do-i-know-if-a-murano-glass-item-is-genuine/ or http://www.glassofvenice.com/blog/2014/08/quick-guide-to-buying-authentic-murano-glass/

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  29. karen branco

    Dear Sirs, My friend was recently given a Murano Glass pendant as a gift and was told it was very expensive. However I looked at it and am wondering if it is truly authentic.
    It is beautiful, wonderful colors, but the back of the pendant is either indigo blue or black with Murano Glass written across it many times in gold leaf.
    IE: Murano Glass Murano Glass
    Murano Glass Murano Glass
    Does this sound authentic to you? Any help is appreciated! Thank You,
    Karen

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Karen, it is hard to say whether an item is authentic or not based on the description alone in the absence of photos, labels, or certificates. We have seen many authentic Murano Glass jewelry items that feature gold or silver leaf and are made of two layers fused together with words Murano Glass stamped across the back. However, as to whether your friend’s particular item is authentic or not, we cannot really provide an opinion based on your description alone.

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hi Tim,
      Thank you for your inquiry. We do not deal with Fornace Cam and cannot comment on their practices, service, or the quality/authenticity or pricing of the pieces they sell. Very often when tourists are taken to certain factories on Murano that is part of a scheme in which the factory pays the hotel or another service provider to get the tourists in the door, and the prices in the showroom are often artificially inflated. We hope that whatever you purchased is authentic and was not overpriced, as regrettably in recent years even some unscrupulous Murano-based merchants have taken to selling cheap fakes mass-produced in Asia and other places outside of Italy and Murano.

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  30. Meryl Muller

    My brother collected Murano glass products for many years, of which most was purchased over the internet from private buyers through Bid and Buy. He passed away recently and I have the collection in boxes in my sitting room.
    How do I start to identify the worth of each of the items and possibly start to offer these for sale?
    Many thanks.
    Meryl Muller — Cape Town South Africa
    Email: meryl.muller13@gmail.com

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Meryl,
      Thank you for your question. We are sorry for your loss. It sounds like you need to go through a two-step process regarding the collection. First step would be to determine whether each of the pieces in the collection is authentic Murano Glass, and second step would be to identify the workshop, or at least the time period and the technique used in each piece and research various sources regarding the sale prices. You can check our Murano Glass information on techniques here: http://www.glassofvenice.com/murano_techniques.php.
      The following websites can help you determine what you have: http://www.20thcenturyglass.com, http://www.antiquehelper.com, https://sites.google.com/site/muranozoo/ and these sites may help with pricing: http:www.1stdibs.com, http://www.rubylane.com, http://www.trocadero.com

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  31. Lyn

    hello glass of venice.. i just wanna ask about my murano glass vase if its real, i can’t find any marking frm the manufacturing except the only marking at base that says ” decorato a mano murano oro 24k”
    thank you so much…

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Lyn, the inscription on your vase means “decorated by hand murano gold 24K”. Given this inscription and without seeing the photo most likely it was made on Murano island. Many Murano Glass masters do not put their stamps, signatures, or labels onto the glass pieces since there is no law stating that they should mark their work in a certain way. therefore many times the conclusions have to be made by the look alone, which leaves a lot of room for error since so many imitations have always existed, from Bohemian glass in the past to Far Eastern pieces more recently.
      Regards
      – Glass Of Venice

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  32. Dacens

    Just bought item from Bisanzio Gallery Murano, on site.
    Is this reputable company? Cant find much info online, but we loved
    the gallery and museum!
    Thank you for any comment,

    Dacens

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Dacens,
      while we are not familiar with this particular company, their website states that they are a family-owned glassworks and gallery since 1816 and the items we see on their website look very much authentic. It is always best to shop at well-known factory-stores including Galiano Ferro, Archimede Seguso, Barovier and Toso, Carlo Moretti, Nason, Schiavon, and many other historic Murano names which you can get familiar with at Murano Glass Museum prior to setting out to shop.
      Regards,
      – Glass Of Venice

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  33. Lois

    My decanter glasses are in a box with the words regalate cristallo e ceramica. Tge name Albert is also on the box. Does this box identify the decanter set as Murano glass?

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hi Lois, unfortunately these words do not identify your glasses as Murano Glass. “Regalate cristallo e ceramica” means “gifted crystal and ceramics” and Albert does not stand for any Murano Glass workshop that we know.
      Regards,
      GlassOfVenice Client Service

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  34. erin kirby

    Hi I have a murano clown that was my step-mothers. It is signed on the bottom “GLASS STUDIO MURANO” and there is a small round sticker on the foot shiny red with gold edge and gold writing “made in MURANO (in cursive) Italy” The clown is is about a foot tall and round. The only bright coloring is a red fish in a clear bag being held by the clown and a few colored “bead” randomly placed. The hair and body have a crackled metalic swirl coloring golds and whites. With his face arms and feet being completely clear.

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  35. george overfield

    I have purchased what was described as an exhibition piece of glass in the picasso style made by murano, no marks and I was told it was purchased without the stand, the seller said he purchased 3 in total, sold the other two in USA.
    Can i send a photo for you to look at?
    George

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  36. Lucian

    Hi there, I have been searching the internet for information on a piece that I’m researching, I have done as much as I can & still am unsure whether this piece is authentic Murano Glass or not, I have researched as much as I can from periods, dates, colours, designs, markings, signatures, stamps, factories, & still am unsure of this piece. I am not a collector & inherited this from a friend, It is yellow/ green in colour, it does have some very small bubbles through the glass, when held up to the sunlight it has a swirl in the glass, it does have an uneven edge to it on the inside of the rim & most unusual is a letter M not etched but what appears to have been marked into the glass while it was still hot. I’ve been unable to find anything like it & would like to know if anyone here could assist me to identify it.

    Kind regards
    Lucian

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  37. Ilona

    Hi,We bought a smallish vase from a little shop called Micheletti in one of the squares in central Venice. There was a sign in the display window boldly stating “Original Murano Glass” and behind it were numerous glass and other objects. We decided to buy this vase (Euro 79. 90 reduced to Euro 39.95 – there was another sign stating that all items were being sold at a discount of between 50% and 70% due to a liquidation of the business) after being assured that it was genuine. We didn’t think to ask for a certificate of authenticity and none was offered. On the side of the vase (which has tiny flaws as you would expect of a hand made object) is a gold sticker reading “Original Murano Glass” and on its base is a signature which appears to read “Gdo (Geto?) del anaosteo” Can you give us an idea as to whether it is likely to be genuine? Regards Ilona

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  38. Jacqui

    I recently received a piece of glass that I think may be a piece of older murano glass. Is there any way for me to find out, I found it in an old barn. I know they are one of a kind hand blown are there any marks or can I send you a picture to you?

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  39. Marianne

    I have several glass pendants that belonged to my late Mother in Law. How would I be able to tell if they are Murano glass; is there some sort of identifying mark? Thank you.

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  40. Jay

    We were taken to see glass blowing on Murano at BF Signorreti and bought some items. I was a bit nervous about the lack of prices on display and have since read a few postings online from people concerned about it and then saw that they are not members of the Promovetro Consortium of glass makers on Murano.

    Is Signorreti a respected business?

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Jay,
      Signoretti is a very respected business owned by famous Murano family with deep roots in Murano glass craftsmanship going centuries back into Murano history. The fact that they (and many other respected Murano Glass masters) are not members of Promovetro Consortium should not be of concern. Promovetro Consortium membership is not compulsory, and, moreover, is quite costly. At the same time, based on the words of many glass masters on Murano, the marketing and other benefits of membership that Promovetro offers its members are not necessarily very tangible. Therefore, out of pragmatic considerations, multiple perfectly legitimate Murano Glass businesses choose to opt out of Promovetro membership, either because they are already famous and successful brands themselves (such as Signoretto, Barovier Toso, and many others), or because the membership is too expensive with few visible benefits, in the case of smaller businesses. We hope this helps calm your feras and congratulate you on purchasing wonderful authentic Murano Glass from Signoretti.
      Regards,
      GlassOfVenice Team

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  41. Angela

    Hi my name is angela I was left a vase and wondered if this is genuine or murano style vetro eseguito secondo la tecnica dei maestri di murano.
    Thank you for your help

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  42. Terry

    I have a ‘Murano’ decanter set how can I send pictures for you to agree or disagree are there any marks I should look for?

    Thank you for your help

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  43. ellen

    Hi,i was recently in Venice and purchased some jewerly close to the Rialto Bridge. It came with a Certifiate of Autenticity by Pistolato Michele, P.IVA 03810440275. The pendants seems to have a sticker or stamp of some kind on the back, one is stamped: Made in Italy and the other pendant is stamped: murano vetro, I am wondering if you are famaliar with the name (Michele Pistolato) or the process of this stamp to verify this autenticity. Look forward to your response.

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Hello ellen, we are mot familiar with this particular company, but IVA number signifies an official Italian business so it looks like it was made in Italy based on the information you are giving us. A number of Murano Glass pieces have stamps on the back (Murano Vetro means Murano Glass) and typically non-Italian companies do not put on these stamps. There is a particular body called Consortio Promovetro that certifies Murano Glass but only that made by its members, and there is no law in Italy stating that a Murano glass making company should be their member.

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  44. Susie

    Just bought some traditional champagne glasses and decanter from compagnia italiana Vetri D’Arte Murano there are no labels or signature underneath and no certificates when they arrived. Would like to know if they are reputable.
    Thank you

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Susie,
      Vetri D’Arte means simply “Art Glass” and there are a number of companies on Murano that have these words after their name. The company you are referring to might be the one officially called “C.I.V.A.M. S.R.L. Compagnia Italiana Vetrerie D’Arte Murano.” If so, this company is indeed based on the island of Murano. We cannot attest to the quality of their pieces or their reputation/years in business as we do not work with them, and it is strange that your pieces arrived without authenticity certificates or labels of any sort. However, the fact that the company is based on Murano tells you that you most likely purchased authentic Murano Glass. The reason we say “most likely” is that unfortunately there are companies even on Murano that prefer to act unethically and save money by purchasing pieces in China and presenting them as their own wares.

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  45. Dora Stewart

    Just bought from veteria estevan rossetto murano venice
    Is this reputable company?
    We were wowed by the gallery
    Seems we have made good choice With certificate of authenticity to come with goods.
    Any comments appreciated
    Cheers

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    1. GlassOfVenice Post author

      Dear Dora, congratulations on your purchase. Yes, Vetreria Estevan Rosetto is very reputable company, it is one of the oldest glassworks on Murano. Estevan Rossetto who worked in the vetreria in the years past is a famous glass-maker who in the late 30s worked at world-renown Barovier & Toso’s, one of the oldest companies still in existence in the world. He primarily created sculptures and participated in various international glass shows. During the 1940s he stopped making glass but his Vetreria is still operating and creating authentic pieces according to the ancient techniques and traditions.

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