What is Murano glass?
First, we have to understand what is a Murano glass before we can recognize a genuine one from a fake. Murano glass is the glass produced in the Venetian island of Murano. Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano has been a commercial port as far back as the 7th century. By the 10th century, the city had become well known for its glassmakers who have been eventually called glass masters.
There are many glass factories in Italy, in the metropolitan area of Venice and in other italian cities. Their glassmakers copy the Murano glass masters techniques, resulting in a very acceptable imitation of a Murano glass, but since they're not from the Murano island, they do not produce original Murano glass pieces. And you can tell the difference. Further below, we'll show you how to identify Murano glass.
We can affirm that there are Murano glass copies from Italy, China and other countries. Also, as any copy, a Murano glass copy should cost less than the original. Sadly, this is often not the case and consumers are charged the same prices as if they were buying original Murano pieces.
How to identify an original Murano glass like a glassmaster?
Since the copies we mentioned above became pretty popular, the intervention of the Italian State was a major need. So it created in the 90's an institution of control to protect and guarantee the authenticity of every Murano glass: il Consorzio Promovetro (the Promovetro Consortium). Sun is shining! All you have to do to confirm you own an original Murano glass, wheter you buy from us or any other business claiming to sell original Murano glass products, is ask for the name and address of the glass master who made your Murano chandelier, lamp or torch light, go to www.promovetro.com/en and search for him on the authorized list of Murano glass masters. If he's not there, you bought a fake!
An additional tool is also given by Promovetro. When you receive your Murano glass piece, a Promovetro certificate must come along, no excuses. It is the only valid certificate that guarantees the originality of a genuine Murano glass product. For more information, please read about The Murano Trademark.
More information can be found in this blog post.
Now you know the easiest way to spot an original Murano glass, however, If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to answer them. Thank you very much.
From Murano with love,