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Product RARE,pale lime green, Venetian millefiori "Bear claw" bead necklace
RARE,pale lime green, Venetian millefiori "Bear claw" bead necklace
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RARE, pale lime green color, this gorgeous, old Venetian millefiori "Bear claw" bead (longest bead: 31mm X 12mm) necklace is 19.5 inch long. Millefiori is an Italian word meaning "a thousand flowers." Millefiori beads or mosaic beads are made using a two step process. 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. The Bear claw, Venetian trade beads were wound and decorated around the late 1800s. They are in good condition with some chips, pits and trail decoration loss. 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 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!