Trade Beads Green Striped Melon

Trade Beads Green Striped Melon

Green Striped Melon Chevron Trade Bead Strand

SOLD Try these Trade Beads Green Striped Melon Chevrons for your next project. They come strung on natural fiber.  Each of these oval shaped beads measures approx. 1/2" (12 mm) long. They are not uniform and you will see chips on some of them.  The color is more of an aqua green than a bright watermelon green. There are 41 beads on the strand including 1 matte Yellow Chevron Bead.  One of a Kind!
Elegant layered Chevron beads usually come in Red, White and Blue, but can also come in other colors. Crafters use them on necklaces, chokers, bags, etc. Living History Re-enactors will find them perfect for period correct regalia.  Bead makers in Venice, Italy made the first Chevron Beads near the end of the 14th century. Traders carried these layered glass beads to North America and Africa. They are highly desirable due to the complexity of their manufacture. In fact, craftsmen were not permitted to leave their factories in order to prevent them from sharing the technology.

History of Trade Beads

From the 15th to the 20th century, traders carried European glass beads across the world. The beads were highly desired by Native Americans, as glass was then an unknown substance in North American. European glass beads, mostly from Venice, became popular and sought after by Native Americans. Europeans realized early on that beads were important to Native Americans and corporations such as the Hudson Bay Trading Company developed lucrative bead-trading markets with them. The Hudson Bay Trading Company was an organized group of explorers who operated during the 19th century. They ventured into the North American continent for trade expeditions.
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