Murano glass jewelry direct from Venice, Italy, Baltic amber jewelry, handcrafted artisan jewelry and more are available at Glassando in Iowa City and online! We are excited to announce that online shopping is now available! Now you can shop anytime and from anywhere, but don’t forget to still stop by the store when you are in Iowa City. Many more unusual pieces of jewelry available in the store, plus stock is always changing! Many of our jewelry items make great gifts! New items will be added to our online shop so please don’t forget to visit often.
Glassando wants to be your source for art glass jewelry. We feature pieces by selected American artists (including dichroic glass)but the majority or our pieces are Murano glass. What does Murano glass mean? Murano glass is art glass that comes from an island in the Venetian lagoon known for master glassmaking. Glass making in the area dates back to the seventh century. Glassmakers have been on the Venetian lagoon since 1291, when the Venetian republic ordered the glassmakers to move their foundries because of the fire danger to Venice’s wooden buildings. Many families on Murano have been blowing glass for generations! When you buy Murano glass you can rest assured that you are getting some of the finest art glass available.
Our store also offers Baltic amber jewelry. Several styles of Baltic amber jewelry feature sterling silver. Styles include traditional cognac (brown) amber but also contain, green amber, yellow in both lemon and butter scotch amber, and cherry amber. Some of our most popular pieces include green, cognac, and yellow amber! Amber jewelry makes a great gift that will be treasured for years to come! Inlaid Baltic amber and carved Baltic amber are favorites in our Iowa City store.
We feature unique stone jewelry as well including turquoise, pearls, amethyst, druzy, jaspers, geodes, and fossils. Our large collections of fossil jewelry includes ammonite fossils, trilobite fossils, fossilized shark teeth, fossilized sand dollars, and even fossilized dinosaur bone jewelry!
Our store also features “up-cycled” jewelry such as our guitar string bracelets or fordite pendants. We also carry pendants, earrings, and rings made from naturally expired butterly wings! These butterfly wing pieces help sustain the butterfly farms in the rainforest that the butterflies are raised in.
Around the Holiday Season we also add glass ornaments! Stop by the store for the full selection. You can shop for selected ornaments online now as well!
Glassando’s retail store is located inside downtown Iowa City’s Old Capitol Mall. Our store hours are Monday thru Friday from 10 am until 8 pm, Saturday 10 to 6, and Sunday noon to 5. Please feel free to give Glassando a call at (319)341-7887 with any questions.