VINTAGE Jewelry 2 PCS by ERCOLE MORETTI
This collection is history: the history of a family, the Ercole Moretti, which has been creating masterpieces since 1911, and the history of the beads strung here in a unique timeline.
They are small witnesses to the evolution of lamp-work beads, their peculiar features and the fashions they followed: "fiorate", with filigree, semi-precious stone replicas, with aventurine, "sommersi", mosaic and rosette, oval, cubic, angular or irregular. Each captures the secrets of its time.
The challenge lies in correctly associating each one to its period, like a complex puzzle or a code to crack. Each bead is perfectly preserved, as if it were made just yesterday!
Each of the pieces in the Vintage collection is accompanied by the furnace's guarantee of authenticity of the beads.
ERCOLE MORETTI & F.lli snc
Ercole Moretti founded his Company in 1911. His first outstanding masterpiece was the bead called "Rosetta", followed by the so-called "Millefiori".
The Ercole Moretti furnace has always preferred the Murrina manufacturing process, without overlooking other techniques linked to bead-making: today, as yesterday, production includes polished beads, "sommerso" beads, those made with "avventurina" glass, imitations of semiprecious stones. wo innovations borne of the Moretti family's creativity have shaped the history of Murano glass.
The first one was the adoption of a fine copper pipe instead of the clay-covered iron rod for the production of lampwork beads. The second innovation, dating from 1968, is that of using a thin copper strip to create a mold within which to arrange fragments of murrine rods. This arrangement, once melted, ground and polished, becomes a solid, completely smooth disc. Thus, the legendary Murrine were born.
Starting in the 90's, alongside classic jewellery, the company started producing a home decoration line: a spectacular collection of Murrine plates, inspired by antique designs.
" A LUME"
Lampwork is one of the oldest and most well-known technique related to Murano glass. It uses a "lume", a small gas flame which allows fusion of glass, joining of separate pieces and new colour and shape combinations.
This manufacturing technique makes use of glass canes, or conjoining different materials such as murrine, gold and silver. It is a very complex technique that requires precision and imagination. An interesting fact about this technique is that it was the only one that was allowed to take place in Venice proper.
There are many types of Murano glass beads. A first distinction can be between solid and blown beads, and they can all be categorized in three types: "conterie", "rosette" and "perle a lume".
The first two are obtained by processing previously prepared patterned canes, whereas the lampwork beads, "perle a lume", are created by wrapping glass, melted by a small gas flame, around a fine iron rod, and embellished in infinite ways.
There are several subcategories within lampwork beads.
The "scièta" bead is monochromatic, and its shape can be spherical, ovoid, cubic, cylindric.
There is the so-called mosaic bead, also called "millefiori", obtained by covering the hot glass core with numerous tiny sections of murrine, pressing them together with special tools.
Another type is the "submerged" bead, produced by coating the plain glass core with coloured glass grit, then covering it all with clear glass. If, instead of coloured glass, gold or silver leaf is used, the result will be a gold or silver "sommerso".
There are also "flowered" beads, in which a thin strip of aventurine is wrapped around the incandescent core, and subsequently decorated with raised embellishments. "Vette" beads are made in the same way, except fine twisted strands of coloured glass are wrapped around the core, instead of strips; the filaments are called "vette".