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? 🙂