Champagne glasses always have a certain appeal, but when it comes to Venetian glass ones they are definitely among the best on the market. Known for their elegance, superb quality and elaborate style, these glasses are perfect for weddings, anniversaries, engagements and any other special occasion. If you aim for sophistication and charm, you could never go wrong with Venetian champagne glasses.
Venetian glass originated in Murano, an island of Venice, Italy. Due to its place of origin, this glass collectible is also popularly known as Murano glass. It is recognized worldwide for its vibrant colours, exceptional craftsmanship and elaborate style. Being around for centuries, these glasses are renowned for their luxurious quality only crafted by master glass makers.
There are efforts to strictly keep the Venetian techniques just within Venice. However, over time, the style also became known in other parts of Italy, and also in other European countries.
When you own a Venetian glass piece, it’s also like collecting a piece of history itself. Unlike ordinary glassmaking, Venetian-style involves a very meticulous process. Though it only uses simple devices, the skill required to produce exquisite glasses is another story.
Because of its unique artistic quality, Venetian glass is highly sought after by glass and art collectors alike. The craftsmanship being around for almost a thousand years only adds special value to the collection itself.
Authentic Venetian champagne glasses can be hard to identify, especially for inexperienced buyers and collectors. Over the years, designs and styles have undergone different changes. Though the extraordinary techniques are passed on from one artisan to another over the years, different styles and appeal are added as well according to the creator’s taste.
Nowadays, there has been an increasing number of Venetian glass imitations offered on the market, which is quite alarming if you are into authentic products. Knowing that these luxurious artifacts don’t come cheap, you need to make sure that you are investing on original items only. Listed below are different guides on how to identify the authenticity of this precious collection.
• Ask for Certificate of Authenticity
Whether you are buying the glass online or offline, make sure that it is really made in Italy. Authentic Venetian glass is only made in Murano. The item must be certified genuine. Look for the product’s Official Sticker with the label “Vetro Artistico® Murano”.
• Check the Label
Look for the “Murano” label on the glasses. A replica product generally has “Murano Style” label on it. This mean it was crafted in another place, and not by the artisans in Italy.
• Look for Names and Faces
Not all existing Venetian glass furnaces belong to the consortium that has issued the sticker, but they still do an outstanding job. When buying online look always for the “About Us” page and see if you can find names and pictures of real people and if possible even videos. Those who have something to hide will not appear and will remain somehow mysterious.
In order to avoid being fooled into purchasing fake Venetian champagne glasses, it helps to really get to know the product by doing an intensive research on different styles and different pieces. Each design makes use of unique techniques that make the authentic products stand out from replicas. Reference books can definitely give you a comprehensive guide on how to buy authentic Venetian champagne glass items.
Absolutely beautiful and exceptionally stylish, this is how you can describe Venetian glass. So, next time you have a special occasion coming up, put an even special touch to your champagne toast with Venetian champagne glasses. Guests will surely love them, and you will, too!
Did you know that Venetian glass wine glasses and Prosecco wine have a lot more in common besides their obvious complementarity, one being a recipient and the other a liquid to pore into the recipient?
Historically there is evidence that wine production took place as early as the sixth millennium BC, between the Caucasus and the Middle East and that the wine culture spread towards the West thanks to the Phoenicians.
The Phoenicians also seem to be responsible for the westward spread of the blowpipe, which was already used in the 1st Century B.C by them along the Syro-Palestinian coast, travelling through the Roman Empire to Europe.
For Venetian glass an important date was 1297. Venice was experiencing an outbreak of fires in the city. In order to maintain the glass factories and protect their secret methods for creating the glass, the Doges of Venice decreed that all the glass furnaces be moved to Murano.
For Prosecco wine an important date was 1750, when the ancestor of the Prosecco grape variety moved from the mountain region north of Trieste to ConeglianoValdobbiadene, today’s heart for the Prosecco production. It looks like it was already known during the Roman Empire, called Pucino then and was made from a grape variety called glera.
Even though Venetian glass has a longer history than Prosecco wine, they both come from the same region called Veneto. Families that were producing glass in the 14th century still do nowadays and families that were producing wines in Valdobbiadene in the 16th century are among the best Prosecco producers nowadays.
The history of Venice and Conegliano-Valdobbiadene has always intermingled. The noble Venetians had many of their summer residences in the hills of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene and have always been great appreciators of the wines there.
Today the best Prosecco producers have rediscovered a Venetian grape variety called “dordona” on the Venetian island Mazzorbo and have produced a limited edition wine “Venissa” in Venetian glass bottles with a golden label also made according to Venetian traditions.
The experimentation which took place and is taking place in the glass world, thanks to daring glass blowers and young designers can be compared to what is happening in the hills of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.
Young enologists continue their quest to always improve the production of this outstanding sparkling wine, which comes in many different varieties, up to challenging on a world level the well-established champagnes.
So why not get the best of the best: Venetian glass wine glasses, authentic Murano glass, along with the best authentic DOCG Prosecco, only from the hills of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene?
Now you know why You should use Venetian glass wine glasses with your prosecco wine.
Whenever you buy Venetian glass, it does not matter whether it is a small glass object, like beads, vases or bigger items such as sculptures, chandeliers, be aware that you might find air bubbles here and there.
Even when you receive your set of 6 Murano glass flutes or wine glasses it could be that some of them include bigger or smaller air bubbles and even more than one. But why is that if you can get perfect crystal wine glasses, that are produced in Austria or some other country and these never have any air bubbles?
Many people do not realize, that the entire process in the Venetian glass furnaces is really totally handmade from the mixture of the silica blend until the packing. The ovens are like the ones used centuries ago, the only difference is in the fuel, but that does not change the working process. Fire is always fire and the melting pots are also always the same.
There are no controls made by machines or robots, like in the semi-handmade Austrian crystal production premises. The pressure of the ovens there are controlled with an automatic device. At the same time when the glass is picked out of the oven to go on with the blowing procedure it is always picked out from the bottom.
While in Venice it should be known that when the silica blend melts in the ovens and is constantly stirred overnight, the air bubbles, a normal phenomenon during the melting process, tend to go towards the top. The Murano glass masters start any work by dipping their blowpipe into the melted silica and while pulling out the glass mass they also pick up some of the air bubbles which are on the surface.
Some of them are eliminated while working by using the tweezers or scissors, but it is impossible to get totally rid of them. This is the reason why you might get your beautiful Venetian wine glasses including some air bubbles.
In 1928 Napoleone Martinuzzi introduced a technique in Murano called “pulegoso” where chemical agents produce a reaction during the melting process, thus including such a big amount of small air bubbles that the glass itself is rendered mat. He produced a green amphora with this technique, which was shown at the Biennale that year.
Because of its success, this technique was used over and over again especially for cactus, flowers and trees with flowers, mainly by Martinuzzi himself, but later also by other artists and glass blowers.
The name “pulegoso” comes from the Venetian word for small air bubbles “puleghe”. Some designers have experimented with this technique, among which also Toni Zuccheri who introduced an evolution of it in 2007 by using metal straw instead of chemical agents thus obtaining big bubbles and almost craters in the glass mass.
It is up to every single to decide whether to accept air bubble inclusions in Venetian glass or if to consider them a defect. The people in Murano once again would not even raise the issue as it is considered normal.
Why is Venetian glass so special? You could argue that is has centuries of tradition, that in the 21st Century it is still manufactured in the same way it was when it first started, that Venice is the most outstanding city in the world, that the glass masters are skilled hand workers that learn for more than 20 years, that it has hundreds and hundreds of colors, that it can be used for small items like jewelry up to big installations or majestic Murano glass chandeliers.
You could come up with a list of hundreds of reasons, but most are either clichés or anyway well known. However there are some Venetian glass peculiarities which are not so wide spread or common. For example do you know why there are color discrepancies between the same items which are produced over and over?
Each morning after the glass has been molten in the ovens over night the glass masters start their day with color tests, as many as the colors that have been prepared the day before. If the color is considered acceptable then the production of the day starts. However there are no technical instruments to measure the consistency, hue, nuance or anything related to the color: everything is based on the experience of the glass masters.
Does that mean that there are no quality controls within a furnace when it comes to Venetian glass? Of course there are, but because everything is handmade and based on years of experience there is a non-written code for instance for the acceptable color range of a specific color. What does that mean? For each color there is a recipe, but like a cook in the kitchen every day the quantity of some ingredients might vary a little bit and therefore the output will never be 100 percent the same. This is how an acceptable color range takes place and normally it is an accepted fact.
Before being packed each item is inspected by the quality control, if the pieces fall into the “acceptable range” they are packed and then either shipped right away or stored in the warehouse. Normally there hardly ever is a problem when items that are produced out of the same batch are delivered together. The problems arise sometimes when goods that are stored in the warehouse are shipped with the same kind of items that have been produced on a different day.
If there is an acceptable color range that goes from “A”, where “A” is the lighter version of the color to “B”, where “B” is the darker version, everything is all right as long as items that fall closer to “A” are shipped together or items that are closer to “B” are shipped together. The problem sometimes comes up when a borderline “A” is shipped together with a borderline “B”, than the color difference might be strong and some will consider that as a defect or a “not acceptable” factor.
However it is not something that is done on purpose or because the quality control department has been sleeping, it simply happens because once an item has passed the quality control, it is packed and then stored away. The same happens to the items the following day and so on. Once a customer orders two same items they are picked out of the warehouse and put together without being unpacked again, because they have already previously passed the quality control.
It is up to every single to either accept the color discrepancies or to consider them as defects. For the people in Murano it is normal and nobody would ever think about raising the issue. This is one of the peculiarities of Venetian glass if not its beauty.
Venetian glass may be traced back until the 13th Century. From early on colors have always been one of the main features of it. Thanks to the use of the blow pipe, the local production there has evolved in such a way to become a world leading center, not only for the great variety of colors but also for the techniques.
The blowpipe was already used in the 1st Century B.C by the Phoenicians along the Syro-Palestinian coast, travelling through the Roman Empire to Europe. The first glassblowing workshops were established in Rome, the heart of the Empire and then later in other provinces of Italy, like Campania, Morgantina and Aquileia.
In the 13th Century, after the Fourth Crusade in 1204, they were also established in Venice by some of the fleeing artisans from Constantinople and then further reinforced in the 15th Century, after the Ottomans took Constantinople in 1453, with the arrival of more glassworkers.
Around the same year Angelo Barovier, belonging to the Barovier & Toso dynasty among the oldest glass masters since 1295, invented “cristallo” glass, a totally clear glass, without the slight yellow or greenish color originating from iron oxide impurities, thanks to small additions of manganese oxide.
On one hand Venetian glass has gained its position in the world thanks to the many colors and techniques, on the other the crystal clear glass invention of the Barovier family allowed it to become a valid alternative to crystal.
Crystal has always been considered more precious than glass because of its higher index of refraction. The beauty of crystal is its sparkle, thanks to the specular reflection and the range of angles of total internal reflection which are increased. When crystal contains up to 35% lead then it has the most sparkle.
Countries which are specialized in lead crystal production, among which drinking glasses, decanters, chandeliers are France, England, The Netherlands, Hungary, The United States, Ireland, Canada, Taiwan, Austria and the Czech Republic.
Many do not know that Bohemian crystal, which is world famous, is a non-lead crystal. It contains potash and chalk, which combination creates a clear colorless glass. Furthermore it is quite rich in limestone and silica.
Venetian glass or Murano glass is a blend of silica, melting agents called flux, sodium oxide (to slow down the solidification process allowing more time to shape the item), sodium (to make the glass surface opaque), nitrate, arsenic (to eliminate bubbles) and coloring or other substances (to obtain mat glass).
The coloring agents are mainly metallic oxides which determine the glass color. The beauty of Venetian glass is to be found in its unlimited colors, such as for example:
-aquamarine when cupric oxide is added to the blend,
-red when cuprous oxide is added to the blend,
-blue when cobalt oxide is added to the blend,
-green when iron oxide and chrome oxide are added to the blend,
-violet when manganese dioxide is added to the blend (depending on the quantity),
-black when manganese dioxide is added to the blend (depending on the quantity),
-brown when iron is added to the blend (depending on the quantity),
-antimony yellow when iron is added to the blend (depending on the quantity),
-ruby when a small percentage of gold or limited amount of copper is added.
There are many other colors and each furnace has secret recipes that are jealously kept in order to come up with something new and special. To make opaque glass the blends are basically the same as the transparent ones, however with the addition of white opal glass as a base.
If you have a chance to go to Murano, take your time to visit the Glass Museum in order to admire the hundreds of beautiful colored Venetian glass items from early ages until now.
Your wedding champagne flutes should be made of Purple Venetian glass if you feel quite in tune with some typical personality traits you will find here while reading till the end.
Do you really love the color purple? Even though it is a secondary color, because it is made up of two colors red and blue, there is no doubt about the special nuances it can have when varying the proportions of red and blue. In art it is the color on the color wheel between magenta and violet.
Historically the color purple was known among the ancient Phoenicians as imperial purple or Tyrian purple. It was extracted from a mollusk found on the shores of the city of Tyre and was named “imperial purple”as only the very wealthy could afford it, thus becoming a symbol of royalty and nobility.
It is a special color that is found in many different fields, among which the one pertaining to the soul. In some cultures the latter is personified by a butterfly. Just like you, the purple butterfly shows a gentle and free spirit. Peace and tranquility are among your strongest characteristics, thus underlining your quiet dignity.
Like the majestic purple butterfly you spread your wings in order to fly high in your world of imagination, forgetting about negative aspects within reality, indulging in a fantasy world. You love to be creative in whatever you do and that also includes dressing up and decorating your home.
Because you have a commitment with anything that is unconventional, you will make sure that your wedding toast will be remembered not only because the choice of your champagne glasses will appear eccentric to some, but also because you will inspire your guests and friends with your creative thinking and ability to deal with any special circumstances.
You will really stand out of the crowd. Everyone will notice you because of your individuality, but at the same time also because of your generosity. You will certainly be the giver you are used to be even on your wedding and all your friends will reward you with their friendship, showing special attention on this outstanding day.
If purple really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get purple ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass allowing you to achieve emotional security and spiritual perfection even the most important day of your life!
Your wedding champagne flutes should be made of green Venetian glass if you feel quite in tune with some typical personality traits you will find here while reading till the end.
Do you really love the color green? Green is the color located between yellow and blue. It is frequently associated with nature, vegetation, spring, hope. These are all rather positive associations, which were already common among the ancient Egyptians who identified green with vigor, growth, good health and rebirth.
Interesting to know, that the Egyptians as well as the ancient Greeks sometimes considered green and blue the same color. In some countries like China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam this happens until today where the same word can either mean green or blue. For instance when you are at a traffic light in Japan you may hear somebody say “it is blue lets cross”.
When thinking of associations with nature and vegetation, bamboo is probably the most common one. It is an evergreen, or better, a flowering perennial evergreen plant, that is stable, strong and flexible at the same time, just like you if green is your color.
You like to be practical and have a rather down-to-earth approach to things deriving from your love of nature. At the same time you never neglect your kind, generous and compassionate approach when you have to deal with people.
Sometimes you tend to forget yourself when taking care of the others around you and so it will be at your wedding toast. Your attention will be on your guest. Your strong need to belong, your gracious and well mannered behavior will make it an outstanding memorable moment.
Not loving to go into details, but always having great ideas you will perfectly organize your wedding plan and then delegate it to someone else, so that he or she may execute it in order to take care of every single little aspect.
Because you are good at business and making money and you love quality and high priced items even on the most important day of your life you will astonish your friends and guests, showcasing a series of other items perfectly in tune with the champagne glasses you have personally selected.
If green really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get green ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass if your main aspiration is to love, be loved and at the same time be outstanding and special even the most important day of your life!
Acid Green Venetian glass is the ideal color for your wedding champagne flutes if you feel quite in tune with some typical personality traits you will find here while reading till the end.
The color acid green is more commonly known as lime green, a “border line” color on the color wheel between yellow and green. Historically it goes back to the 18th century when a French liqueur called ‘Green Chartreuse” was introduced. Later in the 19th century a “Yellow Chartreuse” liqueur was introduced. Therefore acid green or lime green was frequently called chartreuse, this term was first used to refer to “a pale apple-green” in 1884.
Depending on the amount of green or yellow in the color it will be called accordingly either “lime green” or “yellow green”, just like the lime itself in nature assumes different hues ranging from yellow-green to green.
Sometimes it is also called “electric green”, a synonym of energy, movement, flux, your typical traits if this is your color. Besides your strong charisma, personality and individuality you get all people around you involved in whatever you do.
You are attracted by anything explosive, loaded with energy and you certainly do not disdain luxury and high quality in everything. You always thrive for the best and being successful in anything you start is quite easy for you.
You never wait for things to happen, but are always the one taking the initiative and so it will be for your wedding toast. You have wisely selected your wedding champagne glasses, considering practical aspects but at the same time your dreams and desires.
Because quality is a must for you, you will be very selective when choosing your guests . Success, achievement and high expectations are always among your thoughts, therefore the people at your toast will all be like-minded attracted by your magnetism and positive life attitude.
However sometimes you tend to overdo it, your passion and enthusiasm can be overwhelming causing you some extra stress and anxiety. Step back for a moment and approach the circumstance considering your sophisticated high ideals and standards, allowing your spiritual qualities to take over.
If acid green really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get acid green ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass allowing you to acquire the deepest knowledge and understanding of yourself as a spiritual being on the most important day of your life!
Your wedding champagne flutes should be made of black Venetian glass if you feel quite in tune with some typical personality traits you will find here while reading till the end.
Do you really love the color black? The absence of light or its complete lack of absorption is what generates this intriguing color: on one hand a negative connotation when associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, power, violence, evil and on the other a positive one when associated with ebony, the night sky, fashion, elegance, beauty.
Elegance and beauty are outstanding adjectives to describe black cats, which again in some cultures are considered bad luck, in others good luck. In Great Britain, Scottland, Celtic mythology and in Japan for instance the black cat is associated with good luck. In Western history it has often been associated with bad omens or luck, especially when crossing one’s path. In some countries, like Germany, it was believed that if a black cat crossed a person’s path from right to left then it was a bad omen, while from left to right a good one.
It does not matter which side you favor, the black cat with its yellow eyes is an attractive beauty. Moving in a sinuous way with its soft paws towards you it will enchant you. You will hardly be able to resist its magnetic aura.
Staying on the bright side of the moon, just like the black cat you are independent, strong-willed and determined, liking to be in control of yourself and situations. The wedding toast will be one of those occasions where you will be able to shine. Having rehearsed every single detail with your champagne glasses as usual you will astonish your guests and relatives.
Devoted to elegance and sophisticated surroundings you like to maintain a distance, thus creating an impenetrable barrier between yourself and the others and an aura of mystery and intrigue. Sometimes you take it to a point where you may appear intimidating to your closest entourage, because of your authoritarian and demanding attitude.
Nevertheless because of your discretion and the desire to retreat and hide from the real world you do not stress your intimidatory appearance over long and most of the times your friends and relatives are more attracted to the completeness of every single act you do, where everything is weighed and studied down to the last detail because of your methodical work.
If black really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get black ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass allowing you to always keep your power, control and prestige even the most important day of your life!
Brown Venetian glass is the ideal color for your wedding champagne flutes if you feel quite in tune with some typical personality traits you will find here while reading till the end.
Do you really love the color brown? Traditionally the color regarded as brown is a medium dark orange. But because brown is a mixture of orange, red, rose or yellow with black or gray, it covers a wide range of the visible spectrum, allowing different definitions such as red brown, yellowish brown, dark brown or light brown.
It therefore has many variations such as Sandy brown, Peru, wood brown, rosy brown, beaver, chestnut, smokey topaz, russet, brown-nose, black bean and refers to many naturally occurring colors among which human hair, tans (human skin pigmentation), toasted bread and other foods, peat, withered leaves, animal fur like the one of the beaver or brown bear.
The majestic brown bear is known to be one of the biggest existing bears in northern Eurasia and North America, ranging from 180 pounds (80kg) the smallest to 1500 pounds (680kg) the biggest. When showing its full power and strength it rises up and firmly plants both feet on the ground, thus confirming its wholesome and down-to earth nature, just as you love to do when interacting with others.
You certainly do not have the aggressive nature of the brown bear, but you are steady, reliable and confident in whatever you do. People enjoy your friendliness and genuine, sincere approach to things. Your friends are naturally drawn to you when in need of comfort and support, because of your warm and encouraging manner, giving them reassurance.
Because your family and its life is extremely important to you and you always look for quality in everything – a comfortable home, the best food and drink and loyal companionship the toast at your wedding can only fall into that range if you choose the appropriate wedding champagne glasses.
You certainly do not like to waste money or time on unnecessary frivolities or extravagances, but on such an important occasion you will not neglect what is most important to you and at the same time you hate surprises, therefore you will only go for the best.
If brown really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get brown ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass allowing you to express your deepest need for safety, security, simplicity and comfort even on the most important day of your life!