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Antique African Trade Banded Millefiori Mosaic Glass Beads - Rare Find

Antique African Trade Banded Millefiori Mosaic Glass Beads - Rare Find

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Introducing a stunning set of four beautiful, old, and rare matching banded millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads. These exquisite beads are a testament to the artistry of Venetian glassmakers and the rich history of African trade beads.

  • Size: 11 mm x 10 mm
  • Condition: Very good (very lightly chipped at the ends, see photos)

These Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads were crafted in Venice and were widely used in the African trade in the early 1900s. Each bead is meticulously designed with vibrant bands and intricate mosaic patterns, showcasing the exceptional skill of the artisans.

Millefiori beads, also known as mosaic beads, are created using a technique that involves the layering of glass rods to form detailed patterns. Once layered, the rods are cut into cross-sections to reveal the intricate designs, which are then shaped into beads. This method, perfected by Venetian glassmakers, produces the distinctive and colorful patterns that are highly prized by collectors and jewelry makers.

The significance of these trade beads in Ghana and Africa cannot be overstated. They were not only used as currency but also played a crucial role in social and cultural exchanges. Collecting and wearing these beads connects you to a rich history and a tradition of craftsmanship that spans continents and centuries.

Explore our collection of millefiori beads currently available for sale, our wide selection of old trade beads, and delve into our archives of sold millefiori beads to discover more about these fascinating artifacts.

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