Marco Polo Designs
Originally from the Boston area, Jane lived in Venice, Italy where she sang major opera roles in Italy and Austria. While living and singing in Venice, she fell in love with glass, and learned to make handmade lamp work beads. She frequently created beads and jewelry to wear on stage. She calls her jewelry business Marco Polo Designs because Marco Polo took Venetian glass beads to China where he made his fortune.
Jane now lives in Oregon, where she combines Venetian beads with pearls and gemstones, which she strings on delicate strands of liquid silver or liquid gold vermeil. Many of the beads have an internal layer of 24k gold or sterling silver, which adds luminosity to transparent colors. Each necklace is accompanied by an elegant gift card with the name of the piece, a poem, a color image, and its components.