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Sale on All Murano Art Glass from GlassOfVenice – 10% OFF

Now that the holidays are over you can finally relax and give yourself a gift for surviving the craziness. Reward yourself with a piece of exquisite Murano Art Glass from our large selection of unique entirely handcrafted Murano Glass vases, sculptures, tableware and drinkware and enjoy the gorgeous colors and intricate play of light for years to come.

Use coupon code FBJANSALE during checkout and get 10% OFF every Murano Art Glass item in our virtual store until January 15, 2012!

MURANO ART GLASS
We just expanded the assortment of our beautiful Murano Art Glass Sculptures and Vases, which make great special occasion gifts for yourself or someone special in your life. These pieces are created by famous Murano Glass masters whose works are featured in museums and private collections worldwide, and many are signed by the Artist.
Cristallo and Gold Flower Murano Glass VaseMurano Art Glass Silver Vase - Amethyst WebMurano Art Glass Millefiori Vase

Murano Glass CrucifixMurano Glass Millefiori AngelMurano Glass Kneeling Horse



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Murano Glass Gifts from GlassOfVenice – 15% OFF

It’s that time of the year again – time to start thinking about holiday shopping and gift giving for all of your friends and loved ones. Everyone wants something unique, something that expresses their individuality, which is increasingly rare in our age of mass-production and cheap alternatives to real art. That is exactly where GlassOfVenice can help – our large selection of unique entirely handcrafted Murano Glass jewelry, tableware, vases, sculptures, Christmas ornaments and various accessories are created in Venice using the centuries-old glassmaking techniques and make perfect one-of-a-kind artistic gifts for men and women of any age, while fitting your budget.

This Holiday season we are also introducing lots of new gorgeous Murano glass products to expand our famously huge assortment of the best authentic Murano glass even further! And it gets even better – use coupon code DECSALE15 during checkout and get 15% OFF every item in our virtual store until December 31, 2011!



MURANO TABLEWARE AND SILVERWARE

We are offering new unique
Murano Glass Candle Holders , gorgeous Murano Glass Goblets and Tumblers, and exquisite rare Murano Glass Decanter Sets.

Amber Gold Murano Glass Candle HolderMurano Glass Museum Goblet - Engraved with Blue and RedMurano Glass Decanter Set with Pitcher


MURANO GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
To help you celebrate Christmas in style, we are now bringing you a variety of beautifulMurano Glass Christmas Ornaments with Millefiori created by famous Murano Glass artists. Pick one to hang on your Christmas Tree or give as a beautiful Venetian keepsake.Murano Glass Christmas Ornaments



MURANO ART GLASS
We are also expanding the assortment of our beautiful Murano Art Glass Sculptures and Vases, which make great holiday and special occasion gifts for yourself or someone special in your life. These pieces are created by famous Murano Glass masters whose works are featured in museums and private collections worldwide, and many are signed by the Artist.
Cristallo and Gold Flower Murano Glass VaseMurano Art Glass Silver Vase - Amethyst WebMurano Art Glass Millefiori Vase

Murano Glass CrucifixMurano Glass Millefiori AngelMurano Glass Kneeling Horse



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World’s Largest Bottle of Grappa in Murano Glass

We all know that Murano glass stands for beautiful artistic objects, exqusiste home decor, and amazing jewelry. Yet today, just like centuries ago, some very practicable objects continue to be made of Murano glass. Supporting this traditional use of Murano glass is Distilleria Bottega located in Bibano, in the famous Prosecco wine region, 25 miles north of Venice. Distilleria Bottega has been producing excellent grappas, liquors, and wines for over thirty years, and the company continues to bottle many of them in hand-blown traditionally-made Murano glass bottles.

Although this distillery has always been well-known to grappa connoisseurs, it has recently achieved new heights and new level of fame. On the 6th of June in the Sant Artemio Park in Treviso, with almost 6,000 people watching, Distilleria Bottega presented its grandest creation yet – a gigantic bottle of grappa made entirely of Murano glass and measuring 2 meters in height, 30 centimeters in diameter. The bottle was filled with 138 liters of fine prosecco grappa, and was measured by the officials from Guinness World Book of Records, who confirmed that it sets the new world record for the Largest Bottle of Grappa.
World Largest Bottle of Grappa in Murano Glass
This record-setting bottle of grappa took eight months of preparation, 200 hours of work and the sweat, blood and tears of six Venetian glass-blowers. This Murano glass giant has a diameter of 25cm, a circumference of 110cm and is 5cm thick.

But don’t despair if you were not in the 6,000 spectator crowd to catch a sight of this Venetian glass wonder. Distilleria Bottega sells its products in 110 countries and produces 6 millions bottles per year. Its Alexander line offers liquors in hand-blown Murano glass bottles, all made following the ancient Venetian glass-blowing. Buy one of this bottles, and you are guaranteed to enjoy not only outstanding grappa, but also its beautiful Venetian glass bottle long after the grappa is gone.

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Murano glass vases by Venini for Versace

Murano glass is about to get even more famous and fashionable as it gets a boost from the legendary Versace brand. In an attempt to add a twist to their Versace Casa collection of home furnishings and decor and revive Gianni Versace’s heritage, the famous design house teamed up with the best-in-class Murano glassmaking firm Venini to produce an exclusive collection of hand-blown contemporary glass vases. The result of this collaboration by two biggest names in exclusive fashion is eagerly awaited since 2004 when they last worked together on a line of Murano glass vases.

Speaking at the presentation of the new Versace Casa collection in Milan on April 14th, Donatella Versace said: “I’m so proud because, with this new collaboration, we re-created some historical vases that Gianni had designed, obviously re-edited and streamlined. The first Venini collaboration ran from 1997 to 2004”.

The vases which will include new pieces as well as the legendary Heritage Collection designs from the 1990’s, will be numbered and initialed and will feature rich colors, geometrical patterns and bold designs. They will be available this Fall at all Versace boutiques, selected Venini stores, and other exclusive retailers throughout the world.










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How To Visit Murano Glass Factory

How to visit Murano Glass factory in Venice
We often get questions about the possibility of visiting a factory or a workshop in Murano and witnessing the creation of famous Murano Glass. Unfortunately the artisans we work with and many other high quality Murano glass artists do not open the doors of their workshops to tourists and here is why:

  • The artisans consider their business a serious affair and heavily guard their glass-making secrets, so they would like to avoid any unnecessary distractions or intrusions
  • The main expertise of the artisans is in production of Murano glass and not in entertaining tourists or explaining the process to them.
  • The workshops arent’s staffed to handle the inflow of tourists
  • No factories are usually interested in tourist visits just for the sake of showing them the glass-making process. Those factories that agree to hold these demonstrations do so for a chance to sell their wares, often in a pushy way and for above-average price.

If you would still like to see how Murano Glass is made, there is a place in Venice itself called Vecchia Murano that offers free demonstrations (of course with a chance to buy something from their massive store). Vecchia Murano is located near Piazza San Marco right behind the Bridge of Sighs. Also if you take a vaporetto to Murano and just take a walk around the island (which is very pretty, less touristy and much quieter than Venice), you will quickly find furnaces and workshops that are open to tourists and offer demonstrations. If you decide to visit a Murano Glass factory here are our insider tips:

  • Please note that all Murano glass factories are closed for the entire month of August by Murano tradition and primarily due to unbearable heat inside the non-air-conditioned factories aggravated by high outside temperatures. If you must visit during August you may end up in a very touristy place that is a “fake factory” i.e. set up specifically to offer quick demos to unsuspecting tourists and mainly to get them into a showroom and entice them to shop. For this reason if you visit Venice in August, we suggest to forgo a factory visit.
  • It is best to visit furnaces on weekday mornings. Most of them are closed during the lunch hour (which tends to be longer than in the U.S. and often runs until 2-3pm) and on weekends.
  • These tours and demonstrations should always be free of charge. Do not agree to deal with anyone who offers to get you into the factory for a fee.
  • In Venice, you may encounter sales representatives from touristy factory showrooms that will offer you a free boat trip to Murano. If you accept, be prepared for a lot of sales pressure when you get there and make sure you know how to get back. In fact it is always better to come to Murano by relatively inexpensive and efficient public transportation, and not have to depend on pushy salespeople.
  • The exit from a demo is almost always through a richly stocked showroom where you may encounter variable amounts of sales pressure. Look at the prices first, and if things seem too expensive – don’t buy. The factories often give you an impression that they sell cheaper “direct from factory”, but this is not always true. make sure to comparison shop around the island before making a purchase – you could save hundreds of dollars this way.
  • If you do decide to buy something, we strongly encourage you to take it with you. There is nothing worse than getting home and trying in vain to track down your shipment. If you would like it shipped, make sure that:
    1. Your purchase will be very well packed (ask the salespeople to show you how they pack glassware for shipping).
    2. Make sure that you know how and when the shipment will reach you. Find out the name of the carrier and insist on getting a tracking number.
    3. Always take down the contact information of the factory and the name and e-mail of the salesperson in case any problems arise later on.

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Where to buy Murano Glass in the U.S.A.?

While visiting Venice, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the quantity and variety of Murano glass offered for sale all over the city. However, once the tourists return home and start wearing or displaying their beautiful Murano glass pieces, they instantly get many compliments and questions about these items, prompting them to think that they should have purchased more Murano glass items both for themselves and as gifts. Then they realize that Murano glass is not widely available around them, and wonder where they can buy more Murano glassware. Fortunately, there is no need to make a trip to Venice to purchase beautiful authentic reasonably-priced Murano Glass.

While outside of Venice there are not many stores specializing in genuine Murano glass, and counterfeits are abound, one can still find a good selection of genuine Murano glass products even after they leave Italy. But be careful with internet shopping because many Chinese factories these days are churning out glassware they label as “Murano” or “Murano style” when in reality it has nothing to do with Venice’s world-famous craft. In addition, many legitimate Murano Glass online stores are physically located in Italy, which may become problematic for the U.S.A.-based customers both in terms of shipping, returns/exchanges and customer service. We have unfortunately heard many sad stories from our customers who were previously ordering from Italian websites and never received their items, or were unable to work with their customer service staff due to the problems with their work hours and the language barrier.
GlassOfVenice Website - we sell only authentic Murano Glass
When choosing a website to buy your Murano Glass treasure you should look carefully at the following:

  • The website should have a well-written “About Us” section where you can find out their credentials and read about the company history. Make sure the company has been in business for at least a few years, and is writing things on their About Us page that resonate with you. Ideally you would understand from this page why they are in this business and why and how they are able to offer authentic products.

  • The website should have contact information including a toll-free phone number and physical address in the United States. Always check on Google Maps or a similar website to see that this address is not someone’s residence but a legitimate business office.

  • The website should spell out easy-to-follow return policies with return for any reason possible within 30-days or more, as well as free replacement of damaged items. This shows that the seller is confident in their product quality and appeal, and is willing to take care of any issues that may arise during shipping.

  • The website should have a large selection of Murano Glass pieces, including jewelry, vases, figurines and sculptures, drinkware and tableware, as well as lighting, and a variety of price ranges all the way to exclusive art glass. This lets you know that the company is serious about its Murano Glass product selection and offers some expensive art glass pieces that are much harder to fake.

  • The website should have clear and multiple high-quality photos and videos of the products. This helps you understand several things:
    1) whether they have Murano Glass pieces in stock (a requirement to make high quality photos).
    2) whether they are serious about Murano Glass and consider it worthy of the spend required to purchase expensive photo and video equipment, or to hire professional photographers.
    3) you’ll know what the product looks like from different angles and see whether it has any markings or labels to better judge about its authenticity.

  • Check out the website’s shipping timelines and existence of expedited shipping options. If the company can ship within 24 hours and has expedited shipping options, such as overnight, that lets you know that they are warehousing the products and not drop-shipping them using a third party. You should avoid dealing with the drop-shippers because it is impossible to verify where they get their pieces from, and they are much more likely to sell fake Murano glass

  • The website which deals in authentic Murano Glass is always interested in educating its customers and helping them avoid fakes, and so it should offer more than just products for sale. Check to see if the website you are looking at has a comprehensive educational section or a blog where the company shares the insights about all things related to Murano Glass, such as masters, techniques, history, and photos and videos.

  • Finally, always check Alibaba website, which has a lot of fake Chinese Murano Glass listings prior to shopping to see what Murano Glass fakes look like (and you’ll be very surprised by how cheap it is!). If you check enough listings of fakes you will be able to spot them much easier when shopping for Murano Glass online.
  • Alibaba sells a lot of fake Murano glass - educate yourself before buying

    We at GlassOfVenice consider it our mission to educate current and prospective customers about Murano Glass and help them buy and enjoy authentic Murano Glass pieces, whether they choose to shop with us at GlassOfVenice.com or not. We work directly with the glass artisans on Murano island bypassing all middlemen, so that we can be 100% confident in the authenticity and quality of our products by following their path all the way from the furnace to our warehouse.

    We are also proud to say that we know all the artisans we deal with personally, and visit them often to foster true collaboration and provide them with feedback directly from our customers to ensure that the product they create works well for our discerning clientele in the United States and beyond. Please feel free to e-mail us at support@glassofvenice.com if you have any questions about Murano Glass shopping on- and off-line or need help with any of our products.

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I had a favorite Murano glass item and it broke. Can it be fixed?

Murano glass is hand-crafted by masters working the heated-up liquefied glass mass using special centuries-old techniques, and then cooling it down till it solidifies to form a specific pattern within a certain shape. For this reason, when an article made of Murano glass breaks, it is not possible to fix it except for gluing it together. Gluing may work if the item has a smooth break line and broke into only two or three pieces as opposed to many small ones.

If, based on the above conditions, you feel that it may be possible to glue the item back together, first of all you need to buy the right glue. We recommend using E-6000® glue for Murano glass, or any glass for that matter. This is a very strong waterproof and flexible adhesive once it dries. The only downside is its long drying time- make sure to let it dry for 24 to 72 hours after application. With this glue, apply a thin coat to both glass surfaces that you need to attach, wait ten minutes and strongly press the surfaces together. Then put the item aside and let dry. Make sure you use this glue only in an area that has adequate ventilation.

If your Murano glass broke in such a way that it can’t be glued together, or if it just cracked inside its frame (like may be the case with Millefiori pendants), your best option may be to try to find a replacement. Regardless of whether the Murano glass item was modern or vintage, purchased recently or long ago, there are companies specializing in Murano glass that will be willing to work with you to find a replacement. GlassOfVenice.com is one such company, which accepts custom requests and is often able to deliver the specified products.

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New Murano glass jewelry on GlassOfVenice.com

We have just received from Venice new exquisite Murano glass earrings and necklaces that you can now purchase in our GlassOfVenice virtual store. These beautiful Venetian glass creations are classic and elegant with gorgeous colors and unique designs. They are perfect to wear with your favorite sweaters in the winter and with your light summer dresses in warmer times. These earrings and necklaces also make great Valentine’s Day gifts. Get them while they last!



Millefiori Fantasy Earrings
Millefiori Fantasy Earrings


Murano Glass Magnifica Necklace – Multicolor
Murano Glass Magnifica Necklace - Multicolor


Murano Glass Carnivale di Venezia Necklace – Emerald
Murano Glass Carnivale di Venezia Necklace - Emerald


Murano Glass Laguna Necklace
Murano Glass Laguna Necklace

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A New Word in Murano Glass Art – Real Murano Glass Shoes!

In our long careers in Murano glass and many trips to Venice we have seen lots of Murano glass items from smaller rings and pendants all the way to large sculptures, chandeliers, mirrors, bathroom sinks, and even Christmas tree. But one thing we have never seen or even imagined in Murano glass is shoes.

Amazingly enough, we recently learned, now one can find and even buy and wear real Murano glass shoes! And if you like that idea, you do not even need to travel to Italy. Master shoemaker Pasquale Fabrizio who owns famous Pasquale Shoe Repair in Los Angeles that serves lots of celebrities and Hollywood stars has just created a line of Murano glass shoes fit for a real-life princess. These amazing shoes were introduced to the world (or rather to a selected few celebrities) at a champagne reception on January 29, 2010 on the rooftop patio of Pasquale Fabrizio’s shoe studio called “Q by Pasquale”. This proves that there really is no limit to Murano glass art and that, far from being a thing of the past, it holds a dinstinctive fashionable place in modern life.
Murano Glass Shoe

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