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Product Square-edged, brown Venetian trade beads & Ghanaian brass bicone beads
Square-edged, brown Venetian trade beads & Ghanaian brass bicone beads
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RARE, Millefiori, square-edged, brown Venetian trade beads (15mm X 8.5mm) with OLD brass bicone beads from Ghana (10mm X 8mm), 21.5" long necklace. This is a magnificent and very hard to find pattern of millefiori, Italian for "a thousand flowers," or "mosaic" beads. These beads were most likely made in Venice and then traded to Africa starting in the late 1800s. The approximate age of these beads is late 19th to mid 20th century. The overall condition of these beads 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 small chips, pitting and corrosion. The old brass bicone beads from Ghana have a wonderful, used patina and lend tremendous character to the necklace. To see some rare and fabulous examples of these old Venetian millefiore, "a thousand flowers in Italian", beads read 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!

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 its previous owners have!

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 its previous owners have!