A guide to glass jewellery

Our skilled artisans use some of the most renowned glass in the world to create detailed charms to bring colour and shine to your Pandora bracelets. Curious to learn more? Let’s take a journey to the lagoons of Venice to learn about the carefully crafted glass we use to create our charms.

Where does Pandora glass come from?

We source our glass from the world's most renowned producers. The glass we use today comes exclusively from Murano in Italy. Some of our earlier jewellery designs featured a combination of Murano glass and Reichenbach glass, which comes from a tiny town in Germany that has produced glass for over 140 years.

Murano glass

Our glass charms are made from glass imported from Murano, an Italian island in the Venetian Lagoon. Murano glass is famous for its vivid colours and superior clarity and transparency. The Murano name is trademarked – only glass created on this island can be called Murano. This region’s ties with the glass industry go back hundreds of years. Venice became a hub for glass production in the 8th century, and the city’s glassmakers moved to the nearby island of Murano in the 13th century. Many believe this move was meant to keep the glassmakers away from the public eye and protect the secrets of their amazing glass.

Most popular glass jewellery

How is glass jewellery made?

Raw glass goes through a complex process called “lampworking” to turn it into beautiful charms. This ancient art takes a steady hand, an eye for detail and lots of practice. Artisans need months of training to create our simpler designs. Learning to make our more detailed charms can take up to a year of training.

Each charm is unique and has slight variations in shape, colour and size. These differences represent the high level of craftsmanship and care involved in making glass jewellery by hand. Let’s take a closer look at how lampworking is used to create our charms.

What do we do with leftover glass?

Nothing goes to waste: glass waste at our crafting facilities in Thailand is recycled into new glass products.


Pandora glass charm designs

Our craftspeople are skilled in all kinds of glass-making techniques, which creates endless possibilities for your charm bracelet. Below are some of the methods we use to create our array of charms.

How to style glass charms

Whatever your personality and style, there’s a Pandora glass charm to match. If you love minimalist style, clear or iridescent Murano glass designs will add subtle shine alongside a few sterling silver charms.

If you’re more of a maximalist, you can mix and match glass charms in different styles and colours to create a bold, bright bracelet styling. Why not add some dangle charms for an added dimension?

Looking for new ways to wear your Murano charms? Check out our charms guide to get inspired.

How to clean glass jewellery

Want to know how to clean your glass jewellery without damaging it? Here’s how:

1. Dip a soft, lint-free cloth in warm, slightly soapy water
2. Wipe the cloth gently over the glass
3. Wipe the glass again with a damp (but not soapy) cloth
4. Pat the glass with a clean, dry cloth
5. Apply a dab of mineral oil for extra shine
6. Polish the glass with a soft, lint-free cloth for day-to-day care

With all the hard work and skill that goes into each Murano glass charm, they make an extra special addition to your bracelet or charm holder. Explore all our charms to find your new favourite Murano piece.