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Antique OVAL Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads

Antique OVAL Venetian Millefiori African Trade Beads

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Discover the exquisite beauty of these five antique Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads. Perfectly crafted in the early 1900s and used in the African trade, these beads are a remarkable piece of history.

  • Size: 13 mm x 10 mm
  • Condition: Excellent (very lightly beveled, see photo)

These five beautiful oval beads showcase the intricate millefiori technique, where each bead features multiple layers of glass canes fused together to create stunning, colorful patterns. This technique, originating in Venice, Italy, demonstrates the exceptional craftsmanship of Venetian glassmakers.

Millefiori, also known as mosaic beads, were highly valued in African trade, particularly in Ghana, where they were often used as a form of currency and symbol of wealth and status. Their vibrant designs and historical significance make them a coveted item for collectors and jewelry makers alike.

Explore more of our collection: Current Millefiori Beads Collection | Trade Beads Collection | Archived Millefiori Beads

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