Precious stones from the Bohemian Paradise

The brothers Jan and Václav Fišers from Turnov. Their alleged voyage to Venice, five years of efforts to seize the local secret of secrecy, return to Turnov, dozens of wasted attempts and then - finally success! In 1711 they made the first glass for the production of artificial stones.


It was in 1712, when Elias Müller built his glassworks on the estate of the Harrach Counts in Jilemnice. It continued in the traditional production of glass, which was produced on the border of the Giant Mountains and the Jizera Mountains in the middle of the 14th century. Even today, you can see not only metallurgical production and blowing glass, but also a hundred-year-old grinding shop. It is driven by a water turbine and transmissions used to distribute the driving force.


Elias Palme, one of the most famous luminaire manufacturers, continued the tradition of chandeliers in Kamenický Šenov. Industrial production of chandeliers was started in 1724 by Josef Palme in Prácheň.


Surely you would not find in the whole Principle and in the broad surroundings of a person who would say a crooked word about Jan Šourek. After all, it was as if he had come to the Principle of Prosperity and Welfare. As soon as he took possession of the reeve, life in the village began to turn for the better. He was one of the first to venture into the world for business.


Josef Riedel, king of the Jizera Mountains glassmakers, was born in Hejnice in 1816. He was the representative of the sixth generation of the glass family and imprinted his footprint indelibly on the slopes of the Jizera Mountains.



Josef Pfeiffer - Jablonec entrepreneur and mayor, who was involved in the development of jewelery exports. Everything is confirmed at the imperial court and in 1866 Jablonec became a town during his reign.

BLOWN BEAD and its way to the tree

People can make sense of time and numbers, but not us, beads. However, I have heard that they have been blowing me in the mountains for more than a hundred years. As a bead would put it, that is a long time. You, who have never seen how a bead is born, you don´t know how beautiful life can be....


In 1920 the first Czech glass school was founded in Železný Brod, thanks to which the town became a center of glass art.


The museum crystal in Jablonec is finished

The Museum of Glass and  Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou has taken over the completed glass extension from the general contractor, including the revitalized park. The building itself in the form of a glass crystal was completed on 15 February, revitalization of the park was finished until 16 March. “The construction work took almost two years. The general contractor was Energie stavební a báňská s.r.o. Kladno and the total costs of the construction part amounted to 57 million czech crowns (approx 2,2 mil. Euro), ”said Jan Pleštil, Technical Deputy of the Museum. The contractor followed the project of the Prague company Hlaváček architekti. This architectural studio impressed the jury of the 2014 architectural competition.

“Our intention was not only to acquire new premises, but also to contribute to improving the attractiveness of the museum and its surroundings. That is why we also included the entire museum park into the realization, which should become a relaxation zone and gradually also a glass gallery in the open air, ”explains Milada Valečková, the director of the museum. In this context, the museum hopes that the planned construction of the transport terminal will also take place, which would significantly contribute to the overall tone of these modifications.

The trial operation is now underway as well as the removal of partial defects and unfinished works that always occur at each construction site. For the first time, a completely empty building and the entire park should be opened to visitors on a museum night planned for May. “I can make sure that the view through the glass facade of the panorama of Jablonec Petřín is a truly extraordinary experience,” says the director to the tour. Then the premises will be closed again, on the 3rd floor for about a month due to the installation of lighting fixtures within the International Triennial of Glass and Jewelery Jablonec 2020, the second floor will remain closed even longer as it will prepare a new permanent exhibition of Christmas decorations called World of Wonders. Or if you want WoW. It should open at the end of this year.

Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou, U Muzea 398/4, 466 01 Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic