Millefiori Pendant Necklaces
An Italian millefiori pendant necklace displays a beautiful, detailed millefiori pendant made of glass that adds a splash of colour to any outfit. They are loved by both adults and children and make a great addition to any jewellery collection. If you’re looking to buy millefiori pendants online, this article explains the history of millefiori, the techniques used in glass cane production and where to buy a millefiori pendant necklace online.
History Of Millefiori
Millefiori is a glasswork technique which combines different coloured glass to make decorative, mosaic patterns. The name “millefiori” (1000 flowers) comes from the Italian “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers) and is usually made with Murano (ancient Venetian style) glass, hence the association of caned mosaic glassware being associated with Italy.
Millefiori dates back to Ancient Roman, Phoenician and Alexandrian times. The technique of caning was revived in the nineteenth century in Venice, as interest grew in millefiori crafts and millefiori glass jewellery. Glass millefiori is the most highly prized millefiori as it has a three dimensional, colourful appearance. It’s easy to determine the expertise of the crafter in the intricacy of the millefiori created.
Today, many factories in Italy, France and England manufacture millefiori pendants and beads. You might have seen millefiori incorporated in glass paperweights, vases or made with polymer clay into bowls and candleholders. Glass millefiori is beautiful, ages well and is uplifting to look at. Children are especially fascinated by the beauty of millefiori designs.
How Millefiori Pendants Are Made
The technique of caning involves fusing different coloured rods of glass together, then pulling the molten tube of glass at each end to lengthen the cane. When cooled, cross sections of the cane are sliced into tablets, called “murrines”.
Murrines are applied and melted over a glass core to produce millefiori pendants with curved surfaces. In commercial production, murrines are melted in specially shaped molds.
After cooling, murrines are polished to enhance their detailed beauty and may be drilled to add a hole for silver findings or cord. The technique of caning is used with all sorts of materials, the most popular being glass, polymer clay and and other clays.
Polymer clay is easier to manipulate to make canes than the glass millefiori techniques - hence you would always expect to pay less for polymer clay than glass millefiori pendants.
Did you know?
Millefiori glass is also known as “soft glass” and is used in stained glass window production and glass blowing.
Where To Buy A Millefiori Pendant Necklace
There are a large variety of millefiori pendants and millefiori pendant necklaces for sale, but they can be hard to find. Colourful millefiori pendants are available at Ebay and high quality glass millefiori pendants can be purchased at Amazon and through individual glass manufacturers online.
The quality of the millefiori should determine the price – you can tell by looking at the detail of the pendant whether the artist has mastered the millefiori technique. The size of the pendant also affects the price as larger pieces use more glass and require more handiwork.
Thanks For Reading!
Thank you for reading my article about glass millefiori pendants. If you’re looking for a delightful, colourful gift for a child, or wearable glass art for yourself, a millefiori pendant necklace is an excellent choice because they age well and draw a lot of compliments!
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© 2012 Suzanne Day
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