What is Chinese Murano Style Glass?
Murano Glass (also called Venetian Glass) is beautiful art glass made in Italy using centuries-old techniques. In their usual enterprising fashion, Chinese entrepreneurs have been doing their best to copy the famous Italian art glass, and in my opinion, they are doing a pretty good job. When I was in the Silk Street Market in Beijing recently, I noticed that there were a number of stalls selling beautiful Murano / Venetian style glass jewelry. There was no attempt to pass it off as ‘genuine Murano glass’ or ‘authentic Venetian glass’ as it was very clearly made in China. However, the quality of many of the items that I saw was very good and the prices were much, much lower than those of the real Italian Murano glass items that I have seen. I had seen Chinese-made Murano style glass jewelry in the markets in previous years, but the quantity was smaller and the quality was not nearly as good. Clearly, the Chinese manufacturers are perfecting their techniques in this area.
All the Murano style glass jewelry on this site is made in China—it is most emphatically not imported from Italy. However, I think that the quality is very good and because the Chinese produce it so much more inexpensively, it can be sold at much more reasonable prices. I think it is lovely and I hope you will too!