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The most important chapter in the history of the jewelry wholesale lampworking, from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, is the European industry of glass beads, mainly fashion bracelets and charms. During this period, explorers, traders and missionaries in general were carrying large hole glass beads as gifts or as cheap objects of barter like charms. So, there was a strong increase in the business of wholesalers and exporters. The production of Murano glass jewelry was accompanied by a proliferation of cheap varieties in fashion and by continuous improvements in the manufacturing techniques and style. The recent production of charms for Pandora bracelets with large hole beads is devoted to increase the wholesale fashion business, especially bracelets. Pandora like business is a clear example of this phenomenon of Italian style. In the New World, the fashion glass jewellery was completely unknown and was appreciated as an alternative cheap material. In Europe for every enterprising wholesale manufacturer whose goal was to maximize profit with minimal effort, the exchange of large hole glass beads in America with fur or ivory, gold and slaves in Africa, produced enormous profits. The city of Venice was founded by the Lombards in 568 AD but each glass productive facility operated by skilled manufacturers was moved to Murano in 1292 to protect Venice from the dangers of fire and to keep secret the proceedings of the glass working. Still nowadays secrecy is a fundamental requirement in the wholesale business of fashion Pandora glass beads and costume jewelry. The Venetian authorities feared the competition and to enact and maintain their monopoly laws were enacted in 1490 which placed the corporation of the glassmasters and all the glass furnaces directly under the jurisdiction of the Council of Ten. For the next fifty years, to the glassblowers of Murano glass jewelry as well as to any jewellery lampworker, were forbidden, under penalty of death, to disclose the secrets of glass or go elsewhere to establish competitive wholesale laboratories. After they moved to Murano, the turnover of many cheap jewelry manufacturers increased considerably as in the case of those who dedicated all their resources to the Pandora Murano style.
It is probable that the style revival and the extraordinary development of glass jewelry in the Middle Ages have been made possible by the maritime and cultural ties with the fashion of Byzantium, Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean. The rise of Venice to the highest levels of cheap glass jewelry art corresponded to the decline of industries in Asia where all the wholesale activities and each glass factory ceased permanently when the armies of Tamerlane's Mongols overran Damascus, Tyre and Sidon in 1401. More or less it is happening today with the producers of large hole Pandora style beads coming from Asia. Venice filled this void successfully inheriting the role of cheap manufacturer and supplier of Murano glass beads and jewelry charms for the Western world. Venice conquered the wholesale markets of Africa and Asia who for centuries were supplied from India with their cheap Pandora charms. A particular treatment and a special discussion should be devoted to Murano beads for Pandora with large hole because they are one of the few artifacts that require the use of components in silver to make complete set of bracelets. The production of glass is attested at the Venetian monasteries in 882 AD where the masters exercised this art, but the great glass industry was founded between 1200 and 1400. In 1300 many jewelry wholesalers carried the beads on their Venetian galleys in the Black Sea, Flanders and England.
In Italy is about to be a unique event of its kind. A wholesale company, unknown until a few years ago, has managed to undermine the dominance of big brands overcoming their production of Pandora style bracelets with large hole beads. The success of the glass jewelry supplier often depends on the ability to recognize local tastes and respond with appropriate products. STRAVAGANTE is an Italian company who decided to specialize in the production of cheap beads for Pandora to meet the ever increasing demands of the international customers and buyers of charms. An important factor in business expansion adopted by some ingenious wholesale jewelry manufacturers is the ability to integrate their efforts with the existing commercial networks.