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blue chevron trade bead necklace, sterling silver, mountain man rendezvous, historic jewelry, unisex

Royal-blue, denim-blue, and sky-blue chevron beads (with a few red ones for variety) are accented with sterling silver spacers and a heavy sterling silver toggle clasp. This necklace is from my "1830's Rendezvous" series, and can be worn by a man or a woman (at Rendezvous men often wear more necklaces than the women, and wear an assortment of African, European, and American trade beads).

The necklace is 21" long.

About chevron beads:
Chevron beads can be composed of a varied number of consecutive layers of colored glasses. The initial core is formed from a molten ball of glass (called a "gather") that was melted in a furnace. If the glassworker is making beads, an air bubble is blown into the center of the gather via a blowpipe, thus creating an opening, the future bead's perforation. ... The gather (with the air bubble in its center) is plunged into a star-shaped mould, which can have anywhere between five and fifteen points. Several layers of glass can be applied, returning to the mould as desired, to create either a star-shaped or smooth effect for each layer. After all layers have been applied, metal plates are affixed to the still hot glass, which is "drawn" or stretched out into a long rod, called a "cane", by pulling from both ends in opposite directions. The bubble at the center of the gather stretches with the cane and forms the hole in the bead, i.e. the bead's perforation. The diameter of the cane, and therefore of the resulting beads, is determined by the amount of glass in the original gather and also by how thinly the glass is drawn out. The cooled glass cane is cut into short segments which reveal a star pattern in cross-section. The segments may be beveled or ground, to reveal the characteristic chevron pattern from which the English name is derived. --Wikipedia

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Blue Chevron Trade Bead Necklace with Sterling Silver Beads, Mountain Man Rendezvous, Historic Jewelry, Unisex, 21"

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: glass chevron beads, sterling silver beads, sterling silver toggle clasp
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 125 reviews
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