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Product RARE, Venetian millefiori trade beads with Ghanaian, brass, bicones "SOLD"
RARE, Venetian millefiori trade beads with Ghanaian, brass, bicones "SOLD"
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RARE, Millefiori, square-edged, brown, Venetian trade beads (15mm X 8.5mm) with brass, bicone trade beads (10mm X 8mm) from Ghana, 17.5 inch long necklace. This is a magnificent and very hard to find pattern of Millefiori, an Italian word meaning "a thousand flowers," beads. Millefiori beads or mosaic beads are made using a two step process. Millefiori mosaic beads were obtained by the fusing of layered cane cross sections practically eliminating the space between cross sections to the point of completely covering the support below. The approximate age of these beads is the early 1900s. The overall condition of these beads is good. These beads have been traded across at least three continents and graced many owners, their patina attests to their age and use and includes some end chips, pitting and corrosion. You may learn more about these beads by reading the Picards' Volume VI - Millefiori Beads from the West African Trade and The History of Beads by Dubin. Finally, these beads have been strung together using a laborious, macrame technique.

To have survived to the present, these beads have been cherished by their previous owners. To best care for this necklace, it is recommended that you store it flat and separate from other jewelry to reduce the chance of damage to your beads. To maintain the wonderful old patina, it is recommended that you do not polish these metal beads. We hope you enjoy and treasure your necklace as much as its previous owners have!