Muranology, the first on line glossary about Murano Glass from A to Z: Letter Q
Quality- Since the very first approach to Murano glass, the word “quality” displays many different shades of meaning. A definition of quality is not easy.
Why the word quality is difficult to be defined?
We can talk, for example, about the “intrinsic quality” of Murano glass (e.g. the technical aspects of the handcraft or the chemical components for the colore) as well as many other features of the quality more related to subjective and/or aesthetic criteria – e.g. personal taste, trends of design, collectionism, market value, fashion, etc. The glass made in Murano is often defined as “sodic” – which makes its composition a very different product compared to the artistic or industrial borosilicate glass. It is 100% handcrafted (blown and sculpted) and exclusively made in the island of Murano by the local masters in the furnaces.
Can be the quality certified?
Yes, in the above mentioned sense, the Quality of Murano Glass is nowadays certified by the label Vetro Artistico® Murano. It is a proof of origin provided by the Veneto Region in compliance with the law 70, passed on December 23rd, 1994. It certifies that products have been made on the island of Murano, according to glass making tradition. It is managed by Consorzio Promovetro. You can also verify the glass item by typing the Producer and Product codes onto a dedicated Vetro Artistico® Murano web page.
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