Variation of Pandora Murano beads

Pandora’s Murano beads are made according to the Murano method for glassmaking which originated in Italy.  The unique thing that sets the glass beads apart from other Pandora charms is that they’re completely hand-made and not just hand-finished.  While this adds that special touch, it also creates variations in both the color and the size of the beads.  Of course, Pandora institutes strict quality control over their products, but there is definitely a noticeable range for what is acceptable.

As I mentioned in my Trollbeads article, I’ve definitely acquired an OCD-ness for the size of my glass beads!  I guess it never bothered me too much before, but I’ve found some startling inconsistencies in color and size recently and thought I’d share these.  I I usually order my Muranos online (who can beat Perlen’s prices?!), but it looks like picking them out in person is a must if I want to avoid the hassle of sending back returns.

Do you handpick your Muranos?  🙂

  • Nadine

    It’s always depending on the situation. In general I prefer choosing my muranos myself. But there are simply situations where I cant. For example my purple zebra Muranos. I love them for sure, but the colour intensity and form is very different and I somehow like symmetry. But afterall I’m happy to have them, because they are very beautiful <3

    In addition someone spotted them in Germany too, so maybe my store gets them afterall in the end and I can pick 2 more to complete my bracelet. Or I go for 2 black zebra muranos. Finally they are aviable here too.

  • Rachel

    Definitely! i think i drive the ladies crazy that help me lol

  • Janet L.

    I guess I’m going to have to start picking them all out myself because just today I received an order from Perlen for two of the lavender candy stripes and had asked in their order comments field to please pick two that are the same size shape etc. but what I got was one that has wide stripes and one with narrow stripes :::sigh::: so now I need to think what I can do about it…my favorite concept store is really good about trading charms so perhaps I will start there and ask if I may trade one of them for one they have in stock that is more alike 🙂

    • Leann

      Good luck! Sometimes I’ll do that if the store is nice ^^.

  • Angelique

    I do! When I go in and pick out muranos, I will have them look through quite a few trays until I find what I’m looking for. There’s one lady that I do business with at a Pandora concept store, that will look for me and I don’t have to say a thing. It’s great! I love Pandora jewelry! Muranos are my favorite! I mean I love the charms but I love the fact that you are getting something hand crafted! Also, you aren’t going to find two of the same when it comes to muranos!

  • Angela

    Buying Muranos at the store is a MUST. Too often I have been upset when I have gotten my order and found two unmatched in size or color beads. I know I save a lot ordering them online but if I have to return or agonize how to unload the bead I do not like because they don’t match up on my bracelet what have I really saved.

  • Virginia

    I just received my newest murano Silver Rose Looking Glass beads, they were perfectly matched, however one was significantly larger than the other. I am going to start hand picking them from now on !

    • Leann

      I feel the same way :/. I’ve had this happen a few times recently and it’s just so much hassle.

  • Endangered Trolls

    It varies for me. While choosing muranos personally is always preferable, as someone else mentioned, it’s not always possible.

    I have a good relationship with a few online stores and they’re happy to hand pick for me if I specify any specifics I’m after. I quite like my glass beads on the small and fat side (this is more noticeable with Trollbeads) and most of my retailer friends now know this 🙂

    Certainly some Troll retailers are more than happy to take individual photographs of all their beads and then let you choose from them 🙂

    Personal picking is ideal but beyond that, an awesome retailer works well

  • Tara

    I work in a Pandora Concept store and I always let the customer hand pick their Murano and I explain they are “hand made and that no two are alike”. I do believe we received those “yellow” cloud leopard charms. Most of our CL charms look like your top charm in the photo, not the darker brown spots. The zebra, snow leopard, and blue python seem to be our top sellers. My favorite is the SA giraffe.

    • rachel hunsicker

      Tara- Do you still have any of the yellow spotted ones left? Is there a way I can get a hold of one? I’m in the us. 🙁

      • Leann

        You should try Shirley Edwards on Facebook :).

  • satine028

    Hi, Leann

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and I’m curious of why you don’t post anything about Chamilia?

    I love Pandora but I feel like Chamilia has more variety in the muranos and some of them are just gorgeous, that’s why I only try to buy silver charms from Pandora and murano from Chamilia.

    • Leann

      Hi there, thanks for following! Unfortunately, and this is also true for Trollbeads, I haven’t been able to find *any* retailers for Chamilia charms in person – with the exception of a rack of Chamilia charms at the airport. I wish I had enough resources to explore all the different brands, but for now I’m limited to what I have time/money for. Now that’s not to say I won’t branch out in the future :).

  • Ashley

    How do I get my hands on a purple zebra murano charm?? I badly want one! 🙂

    • Leann

      Try Rachel Johns on Facebook, she got me mine :).

  • Lauren

    This is a great topic. It’s nice to see I’m not alone in wanting my muranos to match. To date, I have only bought them online. I have 2 coffee bubbles muranos where one has a little bigger bubbles than the other. But overall, I think they’re a really good match as to size & color. I also got a couple purple stepping stones and captivating purple which seem to be a pretty close match. Not sure I could do better in a store. However, with that said, I didn’t realize they could be different sizes. I thought only the color might be different. So from now on, I think I may only buy them in person.

  • Ashley

    There’s like a lot of Rachel Johns on Facebook! Can you narrow it down just a little for me??
    Thank you Thank you! 🙂

    My mom will be so happy if I can get her this particular charm!! The things you gotta do to shop! 🙂

    • Leann

      Her profile pic is a pink flower, good luck!

  • kath

    Can the pattern be both ways? I have 2 swirl muranos and the pandora markings are the other way around. Both bought John Greed but 5 months apart.

    • Leann

      Why don’t you post a picture? I’m not sure I know what you mean. 🙂

      • kath

        I’ve tried loading a pic but it doesn’t seem to work on my phone. The swirs on my first murano faces one way and on my second its the other way