The magic of Marco Polo Designs fine-glass jewelry begins with our their handmade Italian lamp-work beads. These Marco Polo-designed glass “gems” are built up from multiple layers of intricately-patterned glass, capturing all of the light and color of the rainbow. 24k gold and sterling silver foil gives these beads a luminous heart that heightens the play of light, while stardust-like copper-dust “avventurina” and shimmering dichroic material add mesmerizing accents. Using the finest precious-metal findings, Swarovski crystals and other prime ingredients, the artisan jewelry makers in our airy Portland, Oregon studio hand-craft precious primary beads into works of “wearable art”.
Founder Jane Barthelemy is an accomplished opera diva and artist who lived and performed in Venice, Italy for several years. During that time, she established lasting relationships with leading local glass artisans, creating jewelry to wear on-stage. In the 15 years since her return to the US, Jane has grown Marco Polo Designs into an artistic pioneer in contemporary glass jewelry design.
Penny Cruz met Jane in 2004. Their artistic talents and their lifelong
romance with glass blossomed during the course of a 5-year friendship with
her. Under Jane’s guidance, they studied the art and science of glass
jewelry-making, becoming her partners in 2009. Claude and Penny now make
extended twice-a-year trips to Italy, to prototype their exciting new bead
designs with our talented Murano and Venice bead artisans. Their passion
is to lead the Marco Polo Designs “family” through the next steps in its
evolution, to delight their customers for many years to come.
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