This strand features a series of vibrant blue antique Venetian Millefiori beads dating to the mid 1800's
Widely traded in Africa. this collection acquired some great vintage African sand cast beads along the way.
Five large vibrant blue and yellow beads
35mm x 12mm
30mm x 15mm
37mm x 13mm
35mm x 13mm
30mm x 14mm (with an old diagonal break at one end)
Three rare curved "macaroni" style beads
50mm x 11mm
45mm x 10mm
45mm x 11mm
Sixteen vintage blue and white sand cast beads
each measuring between 10 and 12 mm wide
These beads, known for their beautiful flower design, are sought after by collector’s around the world. Because Millefiori beads are all handmade, each and every bead is unique and one of a kind, making these beads extremely collectible.
Millefiori beads are also commonly referred to as mosaic beads.
Mosaic beads are made with colorful fused segments of glass cane ( long drawn rods of glass).
Because Millefiori beads are one of the most popular form of trade beads, many people simply call them trade beads.
Millefiori beads are created with many layers of vibrant, colorful glass fused together in cross sections and then plastered onto the surface of the bead. The surface of Millefiori beads can have all sorts of designs ranging from abstract patterns, to flowers and faces.