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Vintage Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace made of vintage glass beads accented with contemporary 14 Karat yellow gold beads and clasp.

The large translucent red bead is from the European bead trade.

This necklace features long tubular beads. These red beads, both the tubular and round ones, are known as White Heart beads. They were made in Venice from 1480 - 1830 C.E. and extensively traded to Africa, North America and the East Indies.

The red glass was originally compounded using actual gold salts. Therefore, an inexpensive white core was used and then covered with the red glass layer. Much later, other European countries as well as India also began making this bead.


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Item code: bd54


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