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These are beautiful Czech Snake Beads (trade beads) that were made from the early 1900's to the 1980's. They were made in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia.

These snake beads measure 6mm in diameter. They are 2.5mm thick. The hole is 2mm. There are about 10 per inch. You will receive a FULL STRAND. The strand length varies from 23" - 25". I will send the longest strand I have in stock.

Czech glass snake beads were designed to replicate the actual snake vertebrae. Snake vertebrae were used by the indiginous tribes of South Africa for many thousands of years, prior to the capabilities of glass production, and were considered an amulet of protection.

The original Bohemian Snake Beads can be up to 150 years old. They were made during the height of glass bead production within Czechoslovakia and are still the most sought after types of snake beads.

Make sure that you get enough for your project because I cannot guarantee an exact color will be available for long. There is a limited number of these particular snake beads, as they are no longer produced. If you want more than listed, convo me please.

Please take a look at my other snake beads!

OLD Black Czech Snake Beads African Trade 6mm (STRAND)


  • Vintage Supply from the 1980s
  • Material: glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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