European women have more personality when it comes to their style - they own their look. Both French and Italian women believe that less is more; they rather mix than match and also play with accessories. I firmly subscribe to this philosophy as well. Accessorizing is everything! One of my favorite jewelry collections is made of beautiful Murano glass. You might ask what makes it so special. The jewelry combines traditional murano techniques with today's fashion to create stunning, beautiful pieces. Murano glass jewelry is made using centuries-old methods, each piece is a one-of-a-kind, handmade work of art and beauty. The pieces are designed with everyone in mind, from the hot trendsetters to those with more classic chic styles. Murano glass collections have something for everyone at every price point. What I also love is that Murano glass jewelry pieces are designed to appeal to today's modern woman while retaining the beauty and traditions of Italy's romantic past.
For me, Murano glass jewelry captures the essence of a woman who combines art and fashion to pay attention to herself and loves doing so! So, let's look at the art side of Murano glass.
Murano glass is beautiful hand-blown glass available in rich colorations, each one infused with unexpected color. You will turn heads with the beauty of Murano glass! A dazzling array of styles is offered and each jewelry piece is a work of art. Murano glass inherits its name from the master glass artisans of Murano from way back in the 13th century. Back then, glassmakers were highly regarded, and were the most prominent people in society because of the monopoly in quality glass art, jewelry, and other accessories. This trend went on for centuries, but despite the efforts of Venice to contain the technology of Murano's glass artistry, other glassmakers started to emerge in some parts of Italy.
Today, glass-working technologies are already widespread, but the finest glass works still come from Murano. Throughout the centuries, Murano's glass masters have refined their techniques and were able to develop crystalline glass, enameled glass, glass with threads of gold, multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass, and imitation gemstones made of glass. Make no mistake about it, the intricately-designed pendants, beads, and gems that are very common nowadays take a lot of work to make.
Murano glass is very much desired. Today, there are about 50 companies and 2,000 artisans making Murano glass. Currently, among the less informed, there remains a misconception that Murano is a composite regional source for art glass, rather than the site of many unique companies, each with its own specialty. Murano glass is completely handmade. It can pricey. However, Murano glass jewelry is a terrific investment in wonderful art! The art of you and your uniqueness. So, express your sense of style with very chic Murano glass necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
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About The Author
Marion Chamberlain is founder of MMC Style (http://www.mmcstyle.com ), an Internet store for European fashion accessories sourced from unique and highly-talented small design shops in Europe. The online store offers high-quality European fashion jewelry and leather handbags to those women who want to be unique. MMC Style (http://www.mmcstyle.com ) European fashion accessories are truly unique and can't be found in department or chain stores.