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.


Inspired by Crystal Valley


Czech garnet belongs to the Bohemian Paradise and there are dozens of workshops in the Turnov region that produce jewellery made of precious stones. In the Museum of the Bohemian Paradise in Turnov we can find a beautiful jewellery shop and a stonemason's house. Just across the street, you can visit a live jewellery workshop and on the Bohemian Paradise Square, the Garnet invites you to visit.

As early as the beginning of the 18th century, there was a growing interest in glass composition stones and jewellery made from them, the Venetians dominated production at that time. There are stories about the efforts of Turnov cutters to achieve the same results. The Fišer brothers spent many years in Venice as glassmaking assistants. After returning home in 1711, they made numerous experiments and successfully fused the first clear lead composition imitating a diamond.  The Turnov composition was born and soon competed with Venetian products.

At the end of the 19th century, Jablonec nad Nisou dominated the world production and trade in jewellery - a town that grew rapidly and its architecture took on a new face. Today, there are more than fifty glass and jewellery manufacturers in the town, and fortunately it is possible to visit them all in one place, namely Palace Plus. It is not surprising that Jablonec is home to the National Museum of Glass and Costume Jewellery.