Clover Jewelry combines in silver jewelry and modern gold-filled jewelry the Moreno beads made by hand using traditional methods that have their roots as far back as 13th century Italy. In this way Clover Jewelry produces necklaces, bracelets and earrings in unique designs that blend classic designs into contemporary trends of the fashion world.
Clover Jewelry shares with you the unique story of designing handmade Mala beads on the island of Moreno near Venice, Italy.
In the 13th century AD the Venetian authorities ordered the glass masters of Venice to move their workshops to the island of Moreno located in the lagoon of Venice for fear of fires in the city of Venice, whose buildings were built of wood.
Not long after, the glass industry became the leading industry on the island of Moreno. Moreno’s glass artists were the only people in Europe who knew how to create glass for beads and mirrors, and they were the ones who developed and improved technologies for the production of a variety of Moreno glass such as:
crystalysing glass – crystal glass, enameled glass – coated glass,
aventurine glass – glass with gold threads, millefiori glass – multicolored glass,
Moreno artisans made unrivaled Moreno glass beads worldwide. Their monopoly on quality glass has lasted for centuries.
How are Moreno glass beads made?
Moreno glass beads are made by hand, one by one, in a complex process known as lampworking, also known as flameworking or torchworking.
The glass master uses a burning torch fed with gas and through it he dissolves hollow rods and tubes of clear or colored Moreno glass. The rods and tubes are heated until melting gradually to prevent them from cracking as a result of thermal shock.
When the glass is melted, the artist blows directly into the end of the glass tube and performs manipulations with it using tools, using gravity as well as using his hand movements.
Moreno artists use several layers of Moreno glass in different colors as well as gold and silver holders to create the unique shape and pattern of the Moreno bead.
Sometimes, Moreno artists use a torch and a skill made of metal or copper with a special coating. The molten Moreno glass is wrapped around the skillet and thus the base of the bead is formed, on which layers of Moreno glass in different colors as well as leaves of gold and silver are added. Once the Moreno bead has cooled slowly, remove it from the skillet when it has a hole in it that will allow it to be threaded onto a wire. Classic Moreno beads containing layers of 925 sterling silver and 24 karat gold blend beautifully into threading on necklaces and earrings made of silver and gold-filled.