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Product Double strand necklace of mixed trade beads by Rowan! "SOLD"
Double strand necklace of mixed trade beads by Rowan! "SOLD"
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RARE, cobalt blue, Vaseline trade beads (16mm X 16mm) with handmade copper/brass wire work, triangular beads (24mm X 22mm) from Ghana and Bohemian, faceted trade beads (56mm X 22mm), longest strand 30 inches long and short strand 18 inches long. Vaseline beads were made in Europe and usually molded. The term "Vaseline glass" is loosely applied to a process where uranium is added, usually as an oxide, to glass producing a wide variety of colors. Although these are not uranium Vaseline glass, their shape is the same and they are commonly called "Vaseline beads" because during this process the milky white material resembled Vaseline ointment. Vaseline glass beads are usually a small bicone shape with eight facets on either end. Most of these were produced in Europe in the mid to late 19th century. During this period the beads were hand faceted and had conical perforations. There was a revival period in the mid 20th century and these beads are from this period. Finally, the beads have been strung together using a laborious and intricate 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!