African Trading Beads Millefiori Glass Beads and Brass Beads Choker Necklace

$225.00

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Item details

Vintage from the 1970s

Materials

beads, brass

Authentic Millefiori glass beaded wire necklace with Brass beads of embellished embossed charms. Rare and in incredible condition. See photos for details. Typical vintage wear, excellent vintage condition.

Circumference of whole necklace measures ~16.5" long
Wire necklace is flexible - can also be wrapped into a bracelet.

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Millefiori is an Italian word meaning " a thousand flowers." Millefiori beads are also known as "mosiac" beads throughout the world. The making of millefiori beads is a two step process. First the murrine or cane is made and then these are applied to a molten wound glass core and made into beads.

The millefiori beads made in Venice were imported by the thousands to Africa beginning in the late 1800s and traded or sold for various things. Most of the surviving bead sample cards, showing these beads as they were originally sold, are dated to the 1920s. However, this does not mean these beads were not made prior to that time. A good example of this is the bead timeline in The History of Beads (Dubin) where millefiori beads are dated to the mid 1800 through the early 1900s.

Old millefiori beads started to be imported to the United States from Africa in the late 1960s and were sold as "Trade Beads" by the importers and African Traders. In fact, some African Traders today will show you millefiori beads if you ask for "Trade Beads". Those of you who experienced the Hippie era in the US might remember these as "Love Beads" .

Copyright Africa Direct 2006
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Authentic Millefiori glass beaded wire necklace with Brass beads of embellished embossed charms. Rare and in incredible condition. See photos for details. Typical vintage wear, excellent vintage condition.

Circumference of whole necklace measures ~16.5" long
Wire necklace is flexible - can also be wrapped into a bracelet.

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Millefiori is an Italian word meaning " a thousand flowers." Millefiori beads are also known as "mosiac" beads throughout the world. The making of millefiori beads is a two step process. First the murrine or cane is made and then these are applied to a molten wound glass core and made into beads.

The millefiori beads made in Venice were imported by the thousands to Africa beginning in the late 1800s and traded or sold for various things. Most of the surviving bead sample cards, showing these beads as they were originally sold, are dated to the 1920s. However, this does not mean these beads were not made prior to that time. A good example of this is the bead timeline in The History of Beads (Dubin) where millefiori beads are dated to the mid 1800 through the early 1900s.

Old millefiori beads started to be imported to the United States from Africa in the late 1960s and were sold as "Trade Beads" by the importers and African Traders. In fact, some African Traders today will show you millefiori beads if you ask for "Trade Beads". Those of you who experienced the Hippie era in the US might remember these as "Love Beads" .

Copyright Africa Direct 2006
http://bit.ly/P9yppV

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