Glass charms feature vibrant colours with unique handcrafted effects and play a distinctive role in the Pandora charm assortment. Glass charms are made from glass rods of the highest quality.
Venice emerged as a prominent glass manufacturing centre in the 8th century, by fusing Roman experience with skills learned from the Byzantine Empire and trade with the Orient. Towards the end of the 13th century, the glass industry moved to the Venetian island of Murano.
Historical sources suggest that glassmaking was concentrated on the Italian island because of the risk of fire from the furnaces in the heavily populated Venice. However, many historians agree that the true motive for the move was to isolate the glass craftsmen at a location where they wouldn’t be able to disclose trade secrets. A law passed in 1295 that forbade glassmakers from leaving the city gives credibility to this theory. Glass artisans were well rewarded for their efforts, but they were also trapped in a gilded cage.
Murano became a thriving centre for glass innovation, where skills were honed and beautiful, yet practical glass creations were made. Today, Murano is still renowned for producing high-quality glass noted for its exceptional colours and innovative new techniques.
Crafting a glass charm requires a high degree of precision and skill. It takes months of training to create an uncomplicated glass charm and up to one year to be able to make one of Pandora’s more complex, decorative charms.
Each Pandora glass charm is unique and may contain small variations in the design, colouring and size. Some glass charms may also contain small glass bubbles. These variations are not faults in the product, but rather evidence of the high degree of craftsmanship involved in making each glass design. Many glass characteristics are created by hand, so no two charms are exactly the same.