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African trade bead and Bali silver bracelet

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The term “African trade beads” applies to beads that were traded in Africa, but they were originally created in Venice, Bohemia, and Holland. When Portuguese trading ships arrived on the coast of West Africa at the end of the 15th century, beads became a large part of the currency exchanged for products such as gold and ivory. The Venetians were the first people to manufacture these trade beads in large quantities. From the late 1400s to the early 1900s, the Venetians produced these beautiful, colored glass beads for trade. In the early 1700’s, Bohemia (in today’s Czech Republic), began to compete with the Venetians. At the height of the bead trade, from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s, millions of trade beads were produced and then traded in the Africa market. The Venetians produced the majority of the beads sold. Trade beads are associated with West Africa where they were usually found and dominated the market. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, beads from Africa and European countries began arriving in the United States – just in time for the hippies who wore them as “love beads.” Anybody remember those?

I have tried my best to describe this jewelry accurately. The terms used come from the sellers of these beads which I have bought over the years. I believe these sellers are reputable sellers and informed about their products.

This is a hand strung African trade bead bracelet with Venetian trade beads including 1 millefiori, 5 red white hearts, a beautiful, small green striped chevron, and tricolor drawn glass. These beautiful, old, authentic Venetian trades are complemented by Bali silver, Kancambas (Czech molded glass), and other assorted old trades. The bracelet is strung with medium Soft Flex beading wire and is 7 5/8” long. It is secured with a sterling silver clasp, sterling silver closed jump ring, and sterling silver crimps.

***African trade bead memory wire bracelets are in the "memory wire bracelets" section.***

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Your purchase will come in a jewelry gift box with ribbon. One jewelry gift box with ribbon per
total order. Please note: Some of the larger bracelets may not fit in the box. I ship orders, usually the same day, via USPS first class with a Delivery Confirmation tracking number so that you can check delivery status of your order.

African trade bead and Bali silver bracelet


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: african trade bead, medium soft flex beading wire, sterling silver clasp, closed jump ring, and crimp, bali silver, greek glass bead
  • Only ships within United States.
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