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Antique Banded Venetian Millefiori Mosaic Glass Trade Beads - 12-13mm

Antique Banded Venetian Millefiori Mosaic Glass Trade Beads - 12-13mm

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Discover the allure of history with these exquisite antique banded Venetian millefiori mosaic glass trade beads. These four beautiful round beads, each intricately crafted in Venice, are a testament to the artistry and tradition of the early 1900s.

  • Size: 12 - 13 mm X 10 mm
  • Condition: Excellent (very lightly beveled, see photos)

These millefiori beads, also known as mosaic beads, were meticulously created using ancient glassmaking techniques that originated in Venice. Each bead is a unique piece of art, showcasing vibrant patterns and colors that reflect the rich heritage of Venetian craftsmanship.

Millefiori, meaning "thousand flowers," refers to the intricate floral patterns that adorn these beads. The technique involves fusing together multiple layers of colored glass rods to create stunning mosaic designs. These beads played a significant role in trade, particularly in Ghana and Africa, where they were highly valued for their beauty and used as currency and in cultural ceremonies.

These antique Venetian trade beads are not just decorative pieces; they are a slice of history, connecting the past to the present. Add them to your collection or use them in jewelry making to create pieces that carry a story of tradition and art.

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