Lime Murano Glass Beads & Swarovski Crystal Beads – Jewellery of Spring!

I recently visited this wonderful bead shop and was thrilled and entertained by the offerings and variety of delicious beads, findings and supplies.  The Beading Frenzy also offers workshops on an ongoing basis.  Well worth the visit to the store and if you are in the area (San Francisco outskirts – San Mateo – with workshops in San Francisco also) a real prize to explore.

I found a fabulous feature piece of Murano Glass – Lime (the color of spring budding forth) – and in my mind designed a necklace with this piece and also some square 1/4 inch Swarovski Crystal (The Story link)  beads, as well as some small beads between these.  Wow!  I can hardly wait to create this piece in reality, the colors are so gorgeous I am afraid I may not want to even sell it.

I’m working on my Web Site …. which is no easy or quick feat …. so computer bound I am for the time being.  One step at a time….. I feel like the lime Murano and Swarovski crystal (Swarovski jewellery link)  is a carrot at the end of some serious computer work.

If you’re interested in some history of Murano glass:

History of Murano Glassmaking

It is believed that glassmaking in Murano originated from 9th century Rome, with significant Asian and Muslim influences, as Venice was a major trading port. Murano’s reputation as a centre for glassmaking was born when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction to the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Murano glass is still interwoven with Venetian glass.

Murano’s glassmakers were soon the island’s most prominent citizens. By the 14th century, glassmakers were allowed to wear swords, enjoyed immunity from prosecution by the Venetian state and found their daughters married into Venice’s most affluent families. However glassmakers were not allowed to leave the Republic. Many craftsmen took this risk and set up glass furnaces in surrounding cities and as far afield as England and the Netherlands.

By the end of the 16th century, three thousand of Murano island’s seven thousand inhabitants were involved in some way in the glassmaking industry.

Murano’s glassmakers held a monopoly on quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline glass, enamelled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicoloured glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass. Today, the artisans of Murano are still employing these century-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and glass figurines to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers.

Today, Murano is home to a vast number of factories and a few individual artist studios making all manner of glass objects from mass marketed stemware to original sculpture. The Museo Vetrario or Glass Museum in the Palazzo Giustinian, which holds displays on the history of glassmaking as well as glass samples ranging from Egyptian times through the present day.

Murano Glass was produced in great quantities in the 1950s and 1960s for export and for tourists.

The Swarovski Crystal – The Story – has a lovely unfolding history of it’s beginnings and evolution.  The area about the muse describes the design inspirations from nature which are fascinating and intriguing to think about.  Quite a great story about a family and it’s art.

Well, below is the information for The Beading Frenzy in San Mateo California which I have added to my resource page.

It’s Spring!  Be In Joy and Inspired by Nature bursting forth around you!


1001  So. El Camino Real at 10th Avenue

San Mateo, California   94401

Phone:  650-347-2323


*** An incredible Shop with tremendous selection of beads, findings, supplies and fabulous classes on a regular basis.  Definitely worth a long visit if you are in the area (San Francisco).  I was fortunate to meet the owner, Susan, and she is an expert and helped me out with some techniques I needed to learn…. besides being able to buy some Murano Lime Glass and Swarovski Crystal square beads.  I went to drop in for a quick look and spent three hours.  I’m going to be a regular fan when we go and visit Dad just around the corner from The Beading Frenzy, lucky me!

SUSAN – Owner of the BEADING FRENZY in San Mateo, California March 2010

~ by tribalstonesjewellery on April 8, 2010.

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