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Can murano glass be used to create fine jewellery?

With fine jewellery traditionally encrusted with precious gemstones, some jewellery wearers may ask, can murano glass be used to create fine jewellery? Fine Jewellery is described as jewellery that uses precious metals typically made from white and yellow gold (9ct, 14k, 18k, 22k), platinum or 925 sterling silver. Fine jewellery can be described as such whether it includes the jewellery pieces incorporated with gemstones or not.

 

What makes murano glass jewellery so unique?

Murano glass is created only on the island of Murano, located within the borders of the city of Venice in Northern Italy. Murano glass is made from silica, soda, lime and potassium melted together in a special furnace at a temperature of 1500°C to reach a liquid state. This enables artisans to create highly creative murano glass handmade jewellery pieces with some of the most attractive designs and colours available.

Other than the factors surrounding this manufacturing technique it is well known that Venetian glass that has been made for over 1,500 years has enabled murano glassmakers to create “cristallo” since the 15th century an almost transparent glass that is considered to be the very best in the world.

 

Can murano glass combined with sterling silver be described as fine jewellery?

Although murano glass is not a gemstone in any way, a fine jewellery piece can still be described as such if the use of sterling silver is confirmed. However the fact that a precious gemstone is not used but rather murano glass means that such jewellery pieces cannot technically be referred to as fine jewellery. This is because the official definition of fine jewellery centres on the composition of precious metals and/or the inclusion of precious gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds.

The Destino Jewellery murano glass handmade jewellery line will be available from 2020 and delivered in elegant white leatherette packaging.