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Rising Sun - Antique Millefiori Necklace - strung with 100 year-old African Trade Beads

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Here is a unique strand of rare African Trade Beads, HEAVY with color, weight and years around the planet.

Millefiori Beads (meaning "a thousand flowers"), were made in Venice by fusing slices of smaller flower beads onto a molten glass base.

Old millefioris were traded to Africa, most likely West Africa, in exchage for many of th riches of the Africa continent. Trade beads such as these are now collected and cherished for their history, their stories and their striking beauty. These have been with me for many years and I feel it's time for them to travel.

You'll find exceptional craftmanship in these millefiori beads where yellow, blue and terracotta brown colors prevail. The center bead, the most rare of the lot, is an old "elbow" Millefiori that meaures 2" wide. A chip at one end, from time and travel, serves as a "truth window" to the making of the exceptional bead.

Running with five old millefioris are: Ghana Brass Globes, Chevrons, Blue Button Beads, white Padre Beads, Ghana Feather Glass Beads and more.

Finishes with my signature "Bead & Braid" clasp - in this case, a vivid red Vaseline bead. Measures 23" long and strung on 3 braided strands of beeswax-coated linen.

Rising Sun - Antique Millefiori Necklace - strung with 100 year-old African Trade Beads

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  • Materials: rare, african, trade, beads, glass, disks, ceramic, button, brass, globes, silver, metal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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