Buying Murano Glass: What to Know (Part I)

Don’t be fooled by the fake glass, make sure that you’re getting the real Murano glass. 

Looking to buy some Murano glass? You might be in Venice or arranging to go there soon and you want to know where to purchase real glass art there. You will see there are several Murano glass shops, but not all of them are honest. Prices differ so much, it is difficult to tell what the correct price is, and counterfeit glass can be obtained even in Venice. Don’t risk buying and guessing in some random shop. This article will help you to avoid falling for the traps, so you can own some real, certified Murano glass. 

Venetian Glass, Murano Glass or ItalianGlass? What’s the Difference?

Take only a couple of minutes before buying to read the labels. If you have any question that the artwork is real, here are some advice to help you weed out the fakes:

First, if you see art labeled as “Italian Glass”, it is probably made not in Murano, but in a different area of Italy. Murano is not a brand. It is an origin. Only artworks created in Murano can be labeled as Murano glass.

Artworks labeled as “Murano Style” or “Italian Style” are probably counterfeit. These vague labels could mean the glass was made in China or the Czech Republic.

There is “Venetian glass” which can be puzzling as Murano is a part of Venice. Some might call it “Venetian Glass” to define the style but be alert to their aversion to labeling it as real “Murano glass.”

“Murano Glass” is the most dependable label to search for. Regrettably, the label alone can’t guarantee its authenticity. As a smart shopper, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the piece. Be extremely aware if you get an offer that seems “too good to be true.” It is a common trap used on tourists searching for a deal.