We left our Hearts in Magical Murano….

3 Aug

….Luckily, we decided to bring back our Jewel Hearts instead so all our lucky customers can have a taste of Magical Murano!

It’s not hard to see where the inspiration comes from for the colours in our Murano glass Jewel Hearts. The incredible light on the waters of Venice’s Grand Canal and the sun glinting off the mosaics and frescos gives the island a magical feel.

We’re just back from a visit to our glass suppliers on the tiny and picturesque Island of Murano, just off Venice. Murano glass is the finest glass in the world. Only those glassmakers on the island are qualified to make it. As a result it has been sought after by collectors worldwide.

Murano’s reputation as a centre for glassmaking was established in 1291 when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction to the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to the island of Murano. The glass is still made by hand on the Island in the traditional manner.

Our trip to Murano gave us plenty of inspiration for new collections and we discovered brilliant new colours and shapes. Ricardo led us into the back of the shop and gave us boxes of glass beads to rake through. We also watched some of the glass being made by a glassblower working the sticky molten glass on a long pole.

Our Jewel Heart Collection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets are all made with Murano glass. In our pieces, sterling silver is shot though the glass to give it its special appeal. There is a subtlety to the hues of glass which works particularly well with tartan. Our Amethyst Jewel Heart on Lindsay tartan, Sapphire Jewel Heart on Douglas tartan and Emerald Jewel Heart on BlackWatch are best-selling pieces. The Hearts look fabulous on the plain satin ribbons too.

We intersperse the small Murano glass hearts with freshwater pearls for our Jewel Heart Bracelets and trim them with tartan or satin ribbons. They make perfect presents. Our matching Jewel Heart Earrings are also extremely popular and cost a third less than similar Murano earrings in John Lewis!

Two days soaking up the marvellous atmosphere in the unique city of Venice was bliss. I expect we’ll find another excuse to visit Ricardo and Antonella on Murano again soon!

Happy Shopping

Gillian & Lyndsey

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