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Product Two strand necklace of chevron, ostrich egg shell and Heishi beads
Two strand necklace of chevron, ostrich egg shell and Heishi beads
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Double strand necklace combining chevron trade beads (15mm X 11mm) with ostrich egg shell beads (2mm X 11mm) and red, Heishi beads (6mm X 0.5mm), longer strand 20.5 inches and shorter strand 18 inches long.

It is claimed that Maria Barovier "invented" the Rosetta bead in the late fifteenth century. It was later called a chevron bead by Northern European merchants. The name indicates the chevron military rank device which appears on the beads surface after grinding. Chevron beads have always played an important and valued role in trade with the colonies. They are present throughout Africa in ceremonial costumes and royal treasuries, and they are always considered valuable savings.

The design of this necklace with the use of stripes juxtaposed in opposite directions is excellent. The age of these beads is late 1800s to early 1900s. Their condition is very 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. To read more about these beads read Beads of the World by Peter Francis and Beads, An Exploration of Bead Traditions Around the World by Coles and Budwig. 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. We hope you enjoy and treasure your necklace as much as its previous owners have!