In the world of jewellery and shiny pretty things, I always feel that one should understand and experience the history and the origins of an element that is used in creating a beautiful piece of jewellery. So that one can appreciate more of it, have an internal conversation or relationship with it, what we like to wear and have.
In this instance, my newest experience was with Murano glass. To be honest, I seldom use these components in my one-of-kind creations. Guilty as charged, I do judge them by their value in the generic local or Asian market, which is somewhat unheard-of or unmeasured. Thus, their value in this sense as compared to precious gemstones & precious metals seemed to fall very short. However, this is absolutely the inverse outside of Asia!
But then I feel that Asian jewellery enthusiasts or designers/artists like you & me shouldn't deny ourselves of the knowledge of such components because if we do, the world that unfolds before us will become even more mono-chromatic & we limit our own appreciative ability for new & different things. Similarly in a context of judging sweetness in strawberries, a redder more robust red colored strawberry air-flown from the US doesn't always means that it will taste sweet. Those Korean ones which are somewhat paler & has more shades of white than red are in fact actually much sweeter in comparison!
One of my favorite style of Murano glass is the "Murrine". It reminds me of those cute traditional Japanese candies with lots of colors & flavors!
From these candy-like long pieces the glass sculptors cuts them into smaller pieces, arranges them and fuses them in clear or colored glass, forming even more beautiful works of art. They are called "Millefiori", which means a million flowers. How delicious is that?
Above is a festoon pendant I made using sterling silver, Lapis lazuli, red agates, citrine, faux pearls, white fabric flower and a "millefiori" style calla lily Murano Glass. So far this is one of three designs I have made using Murano glass components. To see more, please visit Creative Jewellery Studio's website.
So I guess the moral of the story here would be that we should try to practice an open mind, a pale strawberry from Korea can also be fragrantly sweet, just like a Murano glass component used in jewellery can uplift your spirits and sense of style too, despite being stereotyped as "low" or of no value.