Definition of millefiori in English:



  • A kind of ornamental glass in which a number of glass rods of different sizes and colors are fused together and cut into sections that form various patterns, typically embedded in colorless transparent glass to make items such as paperweights.

    • ‘A sanding process introduced between each application of thin pigment produces colorful sweeps of minuscule dots that evoke barnacles and algae as well as the millefiori patterns found on Venetian glass paperweights.’
    • ‘The enamel, millefiori and glass decoration, insular in style and technique, are most closely paralleled in Ireland.’
    • ‘The Italian millefiori technique for glass beads became the basis for the polymer ‘canes’ or picture beads.’
    • ‘Those sharp unimpeded edges are absolutely necessary for millefiori and more.’
    • ‘Around the same time, Murano glassmaker Pietro Bigaglia captured international attention with his millefiori paperweights, exhibited in Vienna in 1845.’
    • ‘When you first learn millefiori in polymer clay, everything becomes a pattern you can cane.’
    • ‘The Richardson pattern books illustrated a scent/ink bottle, a salt, and two weights in millefiori.’


Mid 19th century: from Italian millefiore, literally a thousand flowers.