Venetian glass has been made for over 1,500 years, and production has been concentrated on the Venetian island of Murano since the 13th century. Today Murano is known for its art glass, but it has a long history of innovations in glassmaking in addition to its artistic fame—and was Europe’s first major glassmaking center.
The Venetian glassmakers of Murano are known for many innovations and refinements to glassmaking. Among them are Murano chandeliers and mirrors. Additional refinements or creations are goldstone, multicolored glass, and imitation gemstones made of glass. In addition to guarding their secret processes and glass recipes, Venetian/Murano glassmakers strived for beauty with their glass.