You have heard of Murano glass chandeliers, which have been decorating royal palaces and ancient villas for centuries. Like so many of us, you must have desired one of them, right above your beautiful mahogany dining table, in your villa by the sea, while you are having dinner with your prince. But, just like a prince, the magnificent Murano antique chandelier is out of your grasp. Chandelier might be, but Murano is not. Not only that you can treat your friend with a wedding gift that she will talk about for years, but you should find something for yourself as well. We always buy things we desire for others. Time to stop that.
If you are not sure that a paperweight is sufficiently fancy wedding gift, you have not seen Murano paperweights. They look like something you could read your future from, magical balls of glass with colors and patterns floating within the glass like trapped butterflies. They are called paperweights, but they are much more: conversational pieces, curiosities that would not escape anyones attention, or something to keep on your desk in the office for a touch of luxury and beauty in an otherwise boring, humdrum day. They are so breathtakingly beautiful that your friend will be able to resist throwing it at her husband if the marriage (as you suspect) does not work.
Dinnerware might be a traditional wedding gift, but there is nothing traditional about Murano glass dinnerware. You would never have believed that dinnerware could be this delicate and exquisite. You have seen Gustav Klimt paintings, with their shimmering golds, reds and blues, with the air of opulence and decadence so characteristic of Europe at the turn of the century. Well, Murano dinnerware looks like Klimt himself dreamt it, small pieces of pure beauty and color underplayed with gold leaf and trapped in glass. You might be eating pasta with it, but you would feel like a queen eating pasta.
Another traditional wedding gift, you would think. Not the Murano figurines. These artistic pieces of art look so Venetian, so delicate, you would expect them to come alive at midnight. There are many different ones to choose from, made by different glass-making techniques which made Murano so famous, but all of them are a wedding gift to give to a best friend and, why not, to yourself. For a friend, you should choose one of delicate goldfish or birds, but reserve for yourself a little millefiori angel, which looks like thousands of flowers landed on its mantle.
Fell in love with Murano glass? Maybe the next wedding you will go to will be yours. Dont settle on a Murano gift from a friend. Plan your honeymoon in Venice. It is the most romantic city in the world, and it is the city that has been inspiring exquisite Murano glass art for the last 800 years.