Murano glass history spans from the 9th century to the present. The long lineage of artists has designed innovative and beautiful artwork resilient of the Renaissance era and the conquest of Europe by Napoleon. With Venice as a major trading port, Murano has a lot to offer its collectors to express their collecting whims. Murano glass can be difficult to identify, as styles and designs have changed over the years in accordance with the whims of its designers. Since there has been quite an alarming number of the glass knock-offs in the market, a consortium was found in 1985 to represent the glass manufacturers on the island. Its company stands to protect tourists from fraudulent commerce. There are ways a person may identify a real Murano glass at a glance prior to investing sizeable amount of money.
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Look for the "Vetro Artistico® Murano" decal. This stamp is affixed on glass to certify its origins. Do not remove it, as the anti-counterfeit stamp breaks into fragments.
Ensure that the glass has a "Murano" label. "Murano Style" generally means the product was manufactured somewhere else, like in Asia or Brazil and not by the Italian artisans.
Do an Internet search. Learn about the pieces and styles that you find most attractive. Once you find the design you like, learn what the unique method used and what to look for.
For high-end glass collecting, buy a book or borrow one from the library for references on how to identify artists down to their particular pieces of Murano glass creation.
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