Trade Beads – Antique Venetian Millefiori Mixed Lot
You will get 25 Antique Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads in this Mixed Lot. They measure between 5mm – 55mm long. This assortment of beads vary in width and hole size. These beads have a rustic, pitted look to them with chips in the pieces. You get 25 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!