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Vintage Venetian RED BLACK Millefiori EYE Glass Beads 8.5mm pkg6 gl768

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Vintage Venetian bright tomato red white and black millefiori glass beads that look like eyes complete with eyelashes!
These vintage beads were each handmade in Italy and no two are alike! They have a somewhat 'primitive' look to them which always intrigued me.

Please note: These beads DO have a smooth surface with a lovely sheen - the tiny 'holes' that you see are because I take SUCH close up photographs but are NOT visible when you look at the beads in your hand.

These beads are a ripe tomato red color with what looks like eyeballs on them!
◉ Please note: If you love the look of these beads, I also have them listed in black and white, orange and white , dark turquoise and white, and green and white in my vintage glass section!◉

'Millefiori' literally means “thousand flowers”. To make such beads, thin rods of different colors of glass are bundled together, with the ends of the rods forming a design, such as flowers. The bundle is fused together, then cross section slices are cut off, jelly-roll fashion. These slices are applied and melted over a glass core. The resulting bead has a three dimensional look filled with flowers or other patterns.

These beads are approximately 8mm - 10mm and price is for 6 of these fabulous beads which we 100% guarantee to be vintage Italian venetian millefiori glass. We will do our best to match the 6 that you purchase but please note there is variation in the sizes since they're handmade!
I'll be listing some other beads like this that we found while unpacking a huge box in our studio.

I sold many types of millefiori glass beads through the trunk shows at Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue during the 1980's.
You'll never see beads like this nowadays at your neighborhood "gem show"!

You can read more about my career as a jewelry designer in my profile page.
Debby & Joel Arem

Vintage Venetian RED BLACK Millefiori EYE Glass Beads 8.5mm pkg6 gl768


  • Vintage Supply from the 1960s
  • Materials: glass, millefiori glass, millifiori glass, italian glass, venetian glass, red millefiori glass, red and white millefiori glass, eyeball glass beads, vintage millefiori glass bead, vintage red millefiori glass, recycled venetian glass bead, recycled red venetian glass bead
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