Large African Chevron Beads

Large African Chevron Beads

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Vintage from before 2000

Item details

The Black Chevrons are 2" long with a diameter of 1 1/2". They are large and heavy. The Red Chevrons are also 2" long, but the diameter is 1 1/4".

I don't think it will come as a surprise to anyone to learn that the Chinese have become masters at the art of copying everything from scientific research to, in this case, Venetian beads. Chevrons were first made at least 400 years ago in Murano, Italy for trade in Africa. Chevrons were made in many colors and in many sizes, with one thing in common, they were always small, anywhere from 3mm to 20mm, but never, ever huge.
So, when these chevrons first appeared on the market, maybe ten years ago, everyone who knew trade beads/chevrons had a good laugh. Apparently, the Chinese were working from photographs and some how failed to realize that they had the size wrong.
Still, they are a dramatic bead that makes quite a statement in a necklace. Enjoy and please share the story.
These are sold per bead.

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