>Bead Shopping in Venice, Italy

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Before I went to Venice & the island of Murano, I was warned that real Murano glass beads are hard to find. I also read that many shops were selling imported beads from China which were labeled as Venetian or Murano-style glass beads. But, I wanted to go see for myself. After about a day or so, I located a bead shop which was not far from my hotel on the main island of Venice.

 

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The above shop, Perle e Dintorni, is not far from Campo San Stefano. I spoke with the store clerk who pointed out which beads were Murano glass and which beads weren’t. Beads in jars along the back of the store were Venetian or Murano glass, and strands in the windows came from Czech Republic, France, Germany, or Africa. Materials included glass, paper, stone, or wood. Most prices were per bead, but there was also a mixed selection of beads which were sold by weight. This shop was lovely. I bought a few beads there, but I really wanted to wait until I went to Murano. 

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Bead shopping on Murano was tough at first. Most shops on the island only sell artist-made Murano glass beaded jewelry, but I wanted to find loose beads! I asked around on the island, but I found it best to just look in every shop. I quickly learned that many jewelry shops also had a drawer or two filled with loose pendants & beads. Many of these shops also had signs up which stated that they did not sell Chinese beads. Then, finally, just around the corner from the Glass Museum, I found a shop which was lined from top to bottom with containers full of Murano glass beads! 

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Large & small, beads are priced per piece. Given the exchange rate, many of these beads are quite expensive, but they are genuinely beautiful. Here, I marveled at all of the large beads, but I bought mostly small ones that I could use in my bead embroidery projects. 

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Back on the main island, I noticed the same thing. Many small jewelry shops also sold a few loose beads and pendants. I also found one shop near the Accademia Bridge which sold jewelry made from antique mille fiori glass beads, but these pieces were quite pricey! And then there were shops which showed off their collection of antique Murano glass beads, but stated that they were not for sale. :( 

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Since I spent almost 2 weeks in Venice, I had time to shop. Here are some of the beads I brought home. Do they look like Venetian or Murano glass beads to you? ;) 

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mille fiori beads murano bead shopping venice venezia travel stash collection italian blown glass shop
mille fiori beads murano bead shopping venice venezia travel stash collection italian blown glass shop 

mille fiori beads murano bead shopping venice venezia travel stash collection italian blown glass shop 

mille fiori beads murano bead shopping venice venezia travel stash collection italian blown glass shop 

mille fiori beads murano bead shopping venice venezia travel stash collection italian blown glass shop 

mille fiori beads murano bead shopping venice venezia travel stash collection italian blown glass shop
Bead shopping in Venice is a bit like going on a treasure hunt. It’s fun & exciting to wander the skinny streets along the canals looking for beads. When you do find a bead shop, buy the beads you like then, because you may never find your way back! I may not find my way back to the same shops, but I will find my way back to Venice, because the bead shopping experience there is like none other! =:D 

28 thoughts on “>Bead Shopping in Venice, Italy

  1. Hi Bobby, I am a Malaysian who has just taken up collecting glass beads as a hobby. I would be pleased if you could possibly give me the addresses of the good bead shops you have visited in Venice. I am planning to go bead hunting in Venice next year. Very many thanks.
    CL Chan

  2. Wow! what nice looking beads. My husband and I are going there on vacation the middle of June. I wrote now your information so I am going shopping. Let me know what you make. Thanks, Bobby

  3. Beautiful Beads, I am going to V around the 25 th of June so I wrote down your info. Wish me luck I will take pictures and let you know what I found. Let me know what you make out of those you boughjt. Thanks so much Bobby

  4. >Hello Francesca! Thank you for the invite! Unfortunately I am not planning to be in Venice this month. I would love to participate in your show, but cannot afford to come at last minute's notice.😦 I would like to return to Venice perhaps next year either for Carnevale or the Biennale! Please keep in touch when you can! Grazie, Ciao!

  5. >As I promised you… on May 26, at 4.30 pm, in Venice – Italy, "DO YOU BEAD – VENEZIA JEWELRY SHOWCASE – STOPPING TIME" will take place! Please let me know (because the event is just under invitation) if you will be in Venice and if you are interested in participating to the show. Hope to see you soon!

  6. >Thanks for looking my websites! Next year, at the end of May or early June (I will shortly publish the right date on the doyoubead.com website) there will be in Venice the 2nd edition of Venezia Jewelry Showcase. Why don't you join us? See you soon.

  7. >I think searching for specific beads in a foreign country probably is a great way to wander in a city. I quilt, and have searched out fabric stores in Asia and Europe, (and North American) and have had some fun memories related specifically to these treasure hunts.

  8. >Wow, they are so beautiful. Looks like you found some great ones! You are right, when shopping in Venice, you need to buy it when you see it in case you can't find the shop again. :)Really enjoying seeing all your great photos. Anniehttp://www.slowtrav.com/blog/annienc/

  9. >Oh how I envy you! What a wonderful trip. Venice and Murano sound like a beaders paradise. Thank you so much for your lovely photographs and sharing your journey with us.DuchessFrom Artbeads.com

  10. >What a fabulous trip and such a great haul of beads!! I would love to spend that long in such a beautiful place and come home with such goodies.Justine

  11. >I am totally envious of your opportunity to visit Venice and Murano Island! Great selection although I know I would have been in agony seeing all those beautiful expensive pieces and not buy them!

  12. >WOW, lots of nice little beauties…I MUST go there, wow…. must….. very interesting blog posts you make now. – But as you ask, I recognize a few from our last trip to Czech Republic.

  13. >WOW, lots of nice little beauties…I MUST go there, wow…. must….. very interesting blog posts you make now. – But as you ask, I recognize a few from our last trip to Czech Republic.

  14. >What fun to see these! My faves are the little cone-shaped ones (2 pairs) and the long, tubular ones in the pictures that followed. My husband wants to know why I always have to choose favorites and point them out… I dunno… just do!

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