Bead Lot Antique Millefiori Beads Larger Curved
In this Bead Lot you will find an assortment of Antique Millefiori Trade Beads with mostly Yellow, Red and Blue designs. Several of these Beads have a curve to them. The largest Beads measure about 40 mm long while the smallest measures 15 mm long. They vary in width and hole size. Most of them have 3mm holes. You get 35 Beads in this lot as pictured.
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Venetian Millefiori Beads are one of several types of beads that we call Trade Beads. European traders often brought these beads to Africa, but they made their way to the Americas as well. Factories in Venice produced these beads beginning in the early 1800s. Artisans used canes of glass to create flowers and stripe designs. Then they molded layers of these designs around a core of solid colored glass. They then cut or broke these glass rods into beads. The result is a colorful mix of designs called Venetian Millefiori beads. Millefiori means “thousand flowers” in Italian.
Traders brought a large variety of glass beads to the Americas including Padre Beads, large round Hudson Bay trade beads, Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads, sand casted beads and others!
Read about the History of Trade Beads!