Venetian glass beads have been dazzling our senses since the 11th century. Marco Polo brought these Italian glass beads in Asia during the 12th century and Columbus traded them to the Native Americans in the 1500s. Venetian beads have set the standard by which all glass beads are judged. Each bead is handmade and produced only on the Isle of Murano, a short distance from the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. This glass exhibits stunning colors and certain styles are enhanced with 24k gold or .925 fine silver foil. When fashioned into jewelry, these small works of art have been favorites around the world for over a millennium.You should know, there are manufacturers in several other countries that attempt to imitate Venetian beads. Authentic Venetian beads are only produced on the Isle of Murano! Since they are produced with the highest standards of quality they are understandably more expensive than the machine made beads of the Czech Republic or the mass produced imitations from China. I insist upon using genuine Murano beads exclusively on all my jewelry in this collection. When you compare the shimmering brilliance of real Venetians against the cheap copies made elsewhere, you'll quickly realize the difference in cost is a small price to pay to own the best. Venetian beads are durable, but it is advised, as with all jewelry, to treat them with care. Please remember, all handmade objects will exhibit slight variations during manufacturing process. These are not imperfections. Rather, they enhance the unique nature of this jewelry. All of my beads are matched for color and size for your complete satisfaction. Browse the collection. If you have any questions or concerns, please email before ordering. I want you to wear and enjoy your new jewelry for years to come.