About Us

MuranoGlassBeads.com is a subsidiary of VENETIAN BEAD SHOP , a direct importer of Venetian Beads and Murano Beads. Working directly with the beadmakers of Venice and the island of Murano, often designing our own beads, we feature over 6000 different colors and styles of traditional and modern Venetian glass beads. The Venetian beads begin with Effetre Moretti™ glass canes which are produced on the island of Murano. Each Murano bead is handmade one by one by beadmakers sitting behind a torches with a mandrel in one hand and a cane of glass in the other.

We introduced Venetian Dichroics to the US through our efforts with our beadmakers in Murano. We continue to bring new and innovative ideas to this age old industry. Most recently, we developed the Furnace Glass along with our partner furnace in Venice. It's a blend of old glass making techniques to work with new fashion ideas. MuranoGlassBeads.com is the exclusive distributor of this product in the US.

We remain a family owned business located in Santa Clara, CA, USA where we have been importing Venetian Glass and Murano Glass commercially since 1993. Our new wholesale showroom has the largest collection of Venetian Beads on display anywhere. We do work by appointment only.

Falling in Love with Murano Glass Beads

Ours is a story of the love of Venetian glass, a fascination with the techniques of glass blowing and, of course, a love of Italy and its people & culture. It all started with a trip to Venice in 1984 when Brenda purchased a Moretti glass necklace with the famous Murano beads (picture below). Many compliments and requests by friends prompted another trip and more purchases and sparked an interest in the glass. When Bob's daughter married an Italian (Vincenzo) naturally we went to Italy more often. We began studying the language and our love and appreciation of the people and the culture grew. Importing the wonderful glass of Murano was a natural extension of our new lives in Italy with friends and family.

Exhibitors for many years with the International Gem and Jewelry Shows, the San Francisco International Gift Show and at various shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, we opened our first online store in 1998 on Yahoo Stores! We were pioneers in ecommerce! And, the rest, as they say, is history. Recently, Brenda sponsored Nicola as a demonstrator at the Lapidary Journal Bead Fest in Pennsylvania, a great experience for Nicola on his first trip to the US.

We work directly with the Venetian beadmakers and the glassblowers of Venice and Murano, selecting and designing the styles, colors, shapes and sizes to be produced for our stores. We work with all the major bead producers in Venice and additionally have a large group of cottage industry beadmakers who produce beads for us which helps us maintain our large inventory and diverse bead collection

In 2006 we moved to a larger facility to open our wholesale showroom, available only to the trade. Our new Wholesale Showroom houses not only our beads, but our large inventory of Murano glass such as our Murano Chandeliers, Venetian Vases, Murano Glass Lighting. We import a line of finished Venetian Jewelry and Corporate Gifts which are on display. The addition of beadstore line is a culmination of years of experience in the production of glass beads, with our partners in Italy.
In 2009 we doubled our showroom space again as our bead styles have outgrown the current space. 

Scenes from the MuranoGlassBeads.com and our staff
Murano Glass Beads Wholesale Showroom

We enjoy bringing you the beauty of Murano Glass, the tradition of centuries and the passion of a people who work hard each day to produce glass. We work hard to bring you the very best quality Venetian Beads and Murano glass beads at the most reasonable prices possible.

3263 Kifer Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051 USA
Tel: 1 800 439 3551 International 001 408 245 5900
Fax: 1 408 245 5904 International 001 408 245 5904

If you have any questions, please contact us using the Contact link at the top of any page.

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