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Antique Oval Millefiori Venetian Mosaic Glass Trade Beads

Antique Oval Millefiori Venetian Mosaic Glass Trade Beads

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Antique Oval Millefiori Venetian Mosaic Glass Trade Beads

Discover the exquisite beauty of these five antique oval millefiori Venetian mosaic glass trade beads, a true testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of early 1900s Venice. These beads, known for their intricate mosaic designs, were used in the African trade and hold a rich history that continues to captivate collectors and enthusiasts alike.

  • Size: 13 mm in length
  • Diameter: 11 - 12 mm
  • Condition: Excellent (some beads are very lightly beveled, see photos)

The technique of creating millefiori beads involves layering glass rods to create stunning floral and geometric patterns, which are then cut and polished to reveal their intricate designs. Originating from Venice, these beads were highly valued in African trade, particularly in Ghana, where they were exchanged for goods and used as a form of currency. Their vibrant history and unique beauty make them a cherished addition to any collection.

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