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MURANO. VENETIAN GLASS

Those ladies who wear jewelry made by Murano craftsmen have a special grace in their figure: the feminine nature always feels when men like it. Murano glass jewelry brings “vivid revitalization and diversity” and perfectly complements the worn items of the ladies’ wardrobe.

The language does not turn to call Murano glass jewelry trinkets or jewelry: everything looks very bright and fresh and does not lose the richness of colors over time. These accessories bring joy. They delight women, and joyful women delight men with a gleam in their eyes and an involuntary smile.

Murano. Venetian glass

But it can be said the other way around: clothing complements accessories made from Murano glass. They are so good. True, there is a danger that you will be accused of “sewing a coat on a button”, but this does not change things – Murano glass jewelry is a miracle! Murano craftsmen have long learned to make glass, flowers, insects, lizards, indistinguishable from the living. The skill of glassmakers is so high that they deliberately simplify the form and combination of colors to make things fit into modern life easily. And she fits. Easy! And life ceases to be fresh. The price level of such accessories is quite affordable: $ 15-25.

In the XIII-XIV centuries, Venice flourished with rich color, having grown rich on the movement of people to the East and back, when the events of the Crusades affected. Venice and its merchant guilds were a grand merchant. More precisely, a lot of such enterprises.

Murano. Venetian glass

During the Fourth Crusade, in 1204, the crusaders captured and destroyed Constantinople. Local glassmakers moved under the auspices of the Venetian republic and settled on the island of Murano, which belongs to the Venetian archipelago of 118 islands. Today there is a museum of Venetian glass. It is worth a visit if you are in Venice.

Murano Island is located two kilometers northeast of the island of Venice and St. Mark’s Square. On the island of Murano get on board the “vaporetto” – a steam train. The houses are all three-story buildings, all shades of brick color. With sunset low sun the impression is extraordinary.

There are shops everywhere in the windows of which are displayed chandeliers, vases, glassware, jewelry. Narrow streets – they are also piers for gondolas and boats lined with antique hand-hewn stone tiles. In the cracks between the plates, consumptive grass breaks through. In industrial cities this is no longer the case. In general, there is little vegetation on the islands. Here, a little to the side, sloping posts for tying boats are driven into the shallow bottom of the “street”. Sometimes, these piers are almost flush with the water that splashes here, a stone’s throw away. From the proximity of the water, the stucco on the old houses peeled off at a height of one and a half human height and bare brick with ancient hallmarks on it is visible. Both the outside and the inside of the buildings are dominated by the dusk of the Middle Ages.

Murano. Venetian glass

Murano and the glassblower workshop were a separate state in the state with its own code of very strict laws, even in medieval terms. Here was its Supreme Council, which was elected from distinguished citizens on the day of St. Nicholas (San Michele) – the patron saint of glassmakers. Here they minted their own coin, and in Venice, the glassmaker workshop appointed his own ambassador to resolve disputes with the metropolis.

The art of glassmakers was so highly valued that every Murano citizen who achieved mastery in his craft was elevated to noble dignity, had the right to wear a sword, and his name was entered into the “golden book” of Murano citizens. The master glassmaker, along with public privileges on the island itself, received an extremely high status outside Murano. So, he had the right to marry his daughter for one of the most noble and wealthy nobles of Venice, of which there were legends about pride and choosiness. Such a marriage was considered equal.

Murano. Venetian glass

But there was another, flip side to these privileges. Murano paid for them with their own freedom. The skill of glassmakers was considered a state secret. The issue for the republic was super-monetary. Therefore, each master was under the vigilant supervision of the secret police. He had no right to leave the island and, especially, to leave for another country. If any of the craftsmen or workers in a fit of madness still managed to move to another locality, the supreme power sought to return it at all costs, and if it could not be forced to listen to the voice of reason, they killed him for disclosing state secrets. And it was a law that was known to all the inhabitants of Venice.

Murano craftsmen were able to make the most bizarre patterns and shapes from thin sheets of glass – animals, people, flowers, wings, ribbons and bows. These decorations were abundantly supplied with local products. To achieve the desired effect, jewelry work required endless patience and amazing dexterity.

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