Rare and highly collectible Antique Venetian beads
This huge bead strand consists of 46 beads in total
The smallest bead measures 12x14 mm while the largest of the strand is 29x41mm
9 four layer beads. 8 Five layer beads. 30 six layer beads
Full length of strand is approximately 33 inches
There is a mix of four to six layer beads
Chevron Beads are among the most collectible and easily recognizable of all Venetian Trade Beads
Chevrons are also known as “rosetta” beads, owing to the distinctive star-shaped design around the perforation hole. It is this 'rosetta' – or more specifically, the number of layers making up the rosetta – that is often used to date these types of beads.
The earliest known Chevron Beads were produced around the 1400s in Murano, Venice, and typically comprised 7 colored layers. A limited quantity of 8, 9 and 10 layer Chevrons were also manufactured in Venice between the 15th and 16th Century
The second phase of production in Venice began lasted from the mid 1600s, to the early 18th Century
Venetian Chevron Trade Beads produced at this time typically comprised fewer layers (either 3 or 5), and were shaped using the “a speo” method of torch heating, giving them a far more uniform oval shape. Venetian Chevron production was at its peak during the late 19th Century. Beads from this period typically comprised 4-6 layers of alternate color, and often had facets ground at either end to expose the various layers of the rosetta.
Count the Chevron layers starting from the first layer encompassing the perforation hole, to the final layer (which is often also the color of the bead's exterior). The layers are generally made up of alternating colors (e.g. white, followed by blue)
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