Not far from Venice, in Costabissara, Murano artisans bring elaborate glass beads which are transformed into jewels by Linea Italia, a company managed by the Loison family since 1986. Linea Italia is now led by Tranquillo Loison, who has accumulated extensive experience in goldsmithing as an entrepreneur and as a trade representative in the goldsmith sector. In addition to making silver and Murano glass jewelery, Linea Italia develops jewelery lines for other companies in the sector.
The Murano glass used for Linea Italia jewels is the name that characterizes the artistic glass made in Murano, an island in the Venice lagoon: a tradition that has its roots over the centuries. The first documents on Venetian glass art date back to the year 982. Linea Italia, however, also creates classic-style 925 silver jewelry. The multi-strand necklaces represent the top of the production and are added to the series of jewels with colored Murano glass.
Murano glass, an island in the Venice lagoon, is generically defined in English as Venetian glass. It is elaborately decorated glass, with various techniques of hot forming, gilding, enameling or engraving. Production has been concentrated on the Venetian island of Murano since the 13th century. Murano was Europe’s leading center for luxury glass from the early Middle Ages to the Italian Renaissance. In the 15th century Murano glassmakers created crystal, which was almost transparent and considered the finest glass in the world. Murano glassmakers also developed a white-colored glass (milk glass called lattimo) that looked like porcelain. They later became the best mirror manufacturers in Europe. Venetian glassmakers developed secret methods of glassmaking: Murano is still home to numerous glass factories and a few individual artists’ studios.