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Product Venetian, King trade beads "Vaticans." "SOLD"
Venetian, King trade beads "Vaticans." "SOLD"
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RARE, matched, Venetian, King trade beads "Vaticans." (16mm X 16mm), 19 inch long necklace. The legend has it that these beads were worn by African Kings or "Chiefs." King beads are fabulous old Venetian wound and marvered, bicone beads. Dating from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s, King beads are highly collectible. 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 small chips, pitting and corrosion. To see some rare and fabulous examples of these old Venetian bicone beads see Picard's Volume IV, Russian Blues, Faceted and Fancy Beads from the West African Trade. 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!