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Green Satin Vaseline Trade Beads 18mm

Green Satin Vaseline Trade Beads 18mm (6)


Light green glass satin trade beads in a diamond shape. These beads are old European glass beads that were traded in Africa in the late 1800's. These are especially rare since they are satin glass with subtle vertical stripes. It is hard to capture their finish in pictures, they are a soft green color and actually a little lighter in color than pictured.

They were made of uranium glass, more commonly known as Vaseline Glass, its popularity can be traced to the 1830's. Vaseline glass typically has a yellow-green hue in daylight and radiates a bright, bold fluorescent green under a black light. The glowing properties are from the uranium oxides and additional fluorescing colorants such as manganese and iron infused into the glass at the molten stage.

  • Size: 18 x 12mm
  • 6 beads in a package

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