Dichroic glass has gained popularity over the past 5 years and as such the market has been flooded by products purporting to be 'dichroic' or 'murano'. Unfortunately an ever increasing amount of these items are not dichroic, some aren't even glass!
Dichroic glass is essentially a specialty glass with metal oxides coated to it producing fabulous colours that can reflect in different shades depending on the light. The glass is available in patterns from the main producers such as CBS or savoy studios. The vast majority of dichroic glass items comercially available are made using a process called glass fusing. Lampworking techniques are achievable with dichroic glass although the process is far more difficult so geniune lampworked dichroic glass is liable to be expensive. Lampworked items are pretty much unique and do not come in lots of 8 from Hong Kong. Glass fusing artists 'fuse' the layers of glass together and coldwork their pieces to produce jewellery and other household items.The genuine dichroic pieces are usually round or square in shape....not leaf!
Murano glass is essentially glass made in the Italian region of Murano- Not China! This region has been at the centre of glass making since the 13th Century. The key to Murano is craftsmanship and quality and as a result Murano glass is not cheap or mass produced!
Items listed as both Murano and Dichroic are in the vast, vast majority neither of these things. Common fakes are 'leaf' style pendants and donuts. These pieces are usually just laminated plastic or foiled glass. These pieces are available on market stalls for pennies...If you buy these items and sell them on as Dichroic or Murano you could well be breaking the trades descriptions act.
Items with postage substantially higher then the cost of the item are usually fakes.
Buy from studios in either the UK or US for dichroic glass and checkout the sellers other items and feedback. For Murano glass buy from Italian sellers or sellers with knowledge about the items for sale such as specialist glass dealers.
If you have any queries contact the seller to gauge their level of knowledge...try 'googling' them to see if any other infomation appears about them too.
Expect to pay more than 99p if you want a geniune item and buy handcrafted if you want quality!
Glass fusers in the UK are working hard to maintain their livelihood against heavy competition from very cheap and poorly made items from Asia that bring the reputation of all glass artists down.
Do a bit of research and you won't be ripped off! The feedback system is there for a purpose please use it!