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.


G&B beads / Museum of Beadmaking


Janovská 132/39, 46604 Jablonec nad Nisou


+ 420 483 317 930


Opening hours


Mon - Fri 9.00 - 17.00

Sat 9.00 am - 12.00 pm



Excursions are only available on weekdays from 9 am - 2 pm. Working hours in production end at 14:00, the last date for the start of the excursion is possible at 13:00.

In 1991 we continued the family tradition from 1937 and in the last 20 years we have been one of the largest producers of glass beads in the region. After 2000 we began to specialise mainly in developing new shapes and colour combinations in our range of fire-polished and pressed beads. We regularly launch many new products that have been adopted by many companies involved in the production of these beads. We not only produce glass beads, but also collaborate with the world's leading designers on glass jewellery collections. We have won a number of awards that reward the work of our glass and jewellery makers. With pride and respect, we continue the glass and jewellery tradition and proudly follow in the footsteps of our ancestors' historical legacy. We are happy to guide you through our production, bead museum, glass and jewellery gallery, you can visit the company shop and in the modern space of creative workshops you can make a picture from glass mosaic or your own glass jewellery.

Visitors to our premises, museum, production facilities and the newly created exhibition of Czech glassmaking and jewellery are offered guided tours, where we present the history and present-day production of glass beads - beads. Interesting features of the museum include, for example, all-wood machines for cutting glass rods and cutting glass stones from the 19th century or a collection of wound glass beads and floral glass brooches. On a tour of our current operation, we'll let you peek into our bead kitchen and see how many hands, machines and time it takes to turn a glass rod into a pressed or cut bead. In our company shop, your eyes will be transfixed by the thousands of bead shapes, colours, finishes and sizes. In our workshops you can choose from a range of workshops and classes for children and adults. Programs are suitable for kindergarten and primary school classes, outdoor schools, you can organize a birthday party full of beads or attend lectures on history, fashion, other cultural and social events.