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.


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Turnov: Secondary School of Applied Arts and Higher Vocational School


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The school was founded in 1884 and specializes mainly in jewellery made from precious metals and stones, artistic blacksmithing, artistic metal casting and metal engraving. At Higher Vocational School students focus on metal monument restoration. Our graduates are world-known artists, authors of banknotes, goldsmiths and blacksmiths. A copy of the Crown Jewels was made here. Our school is known not only in Europe but in the whole world. Many famous personalities, political and social, have visited the school (T.G. Masaryk, Jan Masaryk, foreign ambassadors, recent and contemporary politicians). Many excursions come from European states or, for example, elementary schools.  They all are blown away by what our students can do.

We established cooperation with Austria, Egypt, Israel and many other countries. Out students participate in many exhibitions, competitions and presentations here in the Czech Republic and over the world. Almost every time they come back with some award. Our student works regularly win the first price in Hefaiston at castle Helfštýn, in the competition “Jewel of the Year” that is part of the exhibition “Clocks and Jewellery”. They are laureates of Student Design in the area of product design. Sculptures made by our blacksmiths decorate Turnov and other cities in the Czech Republic. Commemorative plaques from the casting department are parts of many important buildings and exceptional places. The school gradually introduces new technologies. The operations are expanding, and the computer-aided learning concerning 2D and 3D designs is being developed.

The school consists of Art Nouveau listed building (it is just beautiful as it is) and so-called New Building. These spaces are one big gallery of works made by our current students, as well as famous absolvents. During lessons, visitors can watch and try the work in our workshops. Exhibition halls are also part of the buildings. If you let us know in advance, we can provide a guided tour with teachers or students. We give a tour in Czech or English language. During special school events, visitors can also purchase some of the student´s works.