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Antique African Trade Beads: Rare Banded Millefiori Venetian Mosaic Beads

Antique African Trade Beads: Rare Banded Millefiori Venetian Mosaic Beads

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Beautiful matching pair of rare OLD round BANDED millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads.

The beads are in excellent condition (see photos).

  • Size: 13 mm X 10 - 11 mm
  • Condition: Excellent

These stunning millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads were used in the African trade during the early 1900s. The intricate mosaic patterns and vibrant colors make them a prized possession for collectors and jewelry designers alike.

The term "millefiori" translates to "a thousand flowers" in Italian, which perfectly describes the beautiful floral designs in each bead. Created using a technique developed in Venice, these beads were painstakingly crafted by layering glass canes and then slicing them to reveal the intricate patterns. This method, known as mosaic glasswork, has been a hallmark of Venetian artistry for centuries.

Trade beads like these played a significant role in the economies of Ghana and other parts of Africa. They were often used as a form of currency and were highly valued for their beauty and craftsmanship. Collecting these beads not only offers a glimpse into the rich history of trade in Africa but also showcases the exceptional skill of Venetian glassmakers.

Explore our collection of millefiori beads currently available for sale at TribalGH Millefiori Beads Collection.

Check out our collection of old trade beads currently for sale at TribalGH Trade Beads Collection.

Visit our archives to see our collection of sold millefiori beads at TribalGH Millefiori Beads Archives.

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