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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace featuring vintage Venetian beads, Indo-Pacific beads, finished with contemporary Japanese beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The central large, striped bead and the two yellow mosaic beads are Vintage Venetian beads dating from the 18th through the 19th Century and are from Africa. Venetian beads found a ready market in the African trade. These beads feature striped designs which were produced by a hot-drawn technique with the glass and mosaic glass techniques.

European bead-making began in Venice in the 13th century. France, Holland and Germany soon developed their own bead making centers. It was Bohemia (an area now within the Czech Republic) that later nearly rivaled Venice for bead making.

The 35 some odd small beads are from Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and Southern India and date from 750 - 1500 A.D. They were traded from China to Africa and are called Trade Wind beads or Indo-Pacific beads. They were probably the most widely traded bead of all times.

The small greenish glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.


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Item code: n88


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