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Antique African Trade Red White Heart Bead Strands

Antique African Trade Red White Heart Bead Strands

$24.00

Strands of antique round deep red glass beads with a white core, or heart. These are old European made beads that are nicely matched in size within the strands and generally have large holes. They were made in Venice for the African trade at the end of 1800’s - early 1900’s.

The name white heart beads refer to the white glass core inside. This 2-layered process of making white hearts began in 1800's in Venice starting with ancient beads known as Cornaline D' Aleppo. This unique way of making these white inside with translucent color on the outside produces a much brighter color that appears translucent and glowing. Due to their age these beads have dirt, small chips, and pits that are normal for their journey and extensive use. These strands are ready to wear and enjoy, or could be used to make up your own creation! The beads are on raffia and are 24 inches long. 

  • Size: 4.5mm
  • One strand per order
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