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Aventurine: the Venetian stardust

Nereide Avventurina

Admiring a starry sky in the middle of the sea or on the top of the mountains, far from the cities, is now a rare occasion for many, but the sensation of amazement and admiration in front of the infinity of luminous gems of the cosmos is unique and unforgettable.

The vivid memory of this emotion prompted us to create Nereide Avventurina, which uses in its dial a derivative of glass processing invented in Venice in the 17th century by some Murano artisans. 

 

What is Aventurine?

Raw aventurine

Aventurine is a glassy material with a unique sheen and the ability to reflect light in a faceted way, creating a sparkling effect given by a multitude of small and bright points of light, reminiscent of a starry sky. This is why today aventurine is mainly used in the creation of jewelry and other luxury items. 

 

Brief history of aventurine

It is said that the name "aventurine" derives from the term "adventure", which indicates an uncertain and risky operation. In fact, Venetian glassmakerswho were the first to produce aventurine, did it by chance, by pouring copper fragments into glass paste. The result they obtained led them to develop a real procedure for making this compound and working it.

The Doge visiting a laboratory in Murano

Lithograph depicting the Doge of Venice visiting the Murano glassworks

Starting from 1644, when the working technique was codified, the glass works made in this material soon became among the most appreciated and precious of the time; however, it took over 200 years - around 1860 - for the working technique to be completely mastered, including blowing. 

 

Processing of aventurine

Aventurine is a difficult material to tame, precisely because of the copper crystals that are inserted inside the molten glass and which are arranged uniformly during the slow cooling process. Furthermore, it is a temperature-sensitive material and it is essential to use techniques that do not compromise its structure and shine.

Aventurine disk

Hot working requires special precautions, so it is alternately cold cut, as if it were a hard stone. Today, the production of aventurine is still very limited due to its complexity and the great know-how required.

 

The excellence of the Venetian artisan tradition

At the basis of our research and our style choices, there is always Venice; Nereide Avventurina was born as the first in a series of projects dedicated to the historical productions of Venetian craftsmanship, of which glass art is perhaps the most famous example. A world made up of small workshops, dexterity, research and a taste for excellence that have made Venice famous as the center of some of the most appreciated artisan productions in Europe.

Nereide Avventurina

Nereide Avventurina brings together the tradition of craftsmanship and research into modern materials. In fact, in addition to the aventurine glass dial, it is distinguished by the use of a tungsten bezel, an extremely resistant, unscratchable metal, the basis of many high-performance technical applications.

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