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Antique Faceted Russian Blue Trade Beads - 5

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Beautiful antique hand-faceted Russian blue trade beads from the 1800's. 5 beads graduated in size from 5 mm to 9 mm (2 5mm, 2 7mm and 1 9mm bead). Each bead has been selected to match well with the others and will create a stunning necklace and earring set, or anything else your imagination desires.

I have carefully selected the beads to match in size and color for ease of use but due to their age and handmade quality they are not perfect.

I so wish the beads could talk and tell me of all their adventures and the hands they have passed through over the years...the stories they could tell.

Antique Trade Beads:

Beads have been used as a buying commodity for centuries throughout the world. Beads were first brought to Alaska by Russian traders during the early 1800's. Beads found their way to the upper Yukon River region in the later part of the 1800's through the Hudson Company and American fur traders as well as gold miners, during the 40 Mile and Klondike gold rushes. The local Han and Gwich'in natives, along the upper Yukon, highly prized trade beads and acquired them from traders and miners as payment for meat, furs and guiding.

A little more information about faceted Russian blues:

Antique faceted beads are among some of the most beautiful antique beads, the time and care that was taken on each bead is phenomenal. Most faceted beads have anywhere between 7 and 30 facets.
The faceted beads were shaped into six-, seven-, or eight-sided tube before being drawn. After the tubes were cut to bead size, the ends of the ridge between the adjacent sides were ground down by hand. The result is a usually a high quality bead with eighteen, twenty-one, or twenty-four facets or more. Some deviations resulted in more or less facets, the beads with fewer facets were of less value.

Antique Faceted Russian Blue Trade Beads - 5


  • Vintage Supply from the 1800s
  • Materials: beads, antique trade beads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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