African Trade Beads - Reference Picture Collections Too attractive not to be preserved in photographic form and shown as reference material. Previously sold as individual beads or in collections large and small throughout the Website. Click on the pictures to see the full displays and on the links leading to similar beads for sale. Medieval and Venetian bicones.
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All jewelry is in excellent vintage condition unless specified otherwise. All items are subject to prior sale. We work constantly to offer extensive jewelry research, pictures and information on our reference site " Jewel Chat " and gallery " Morning Glory Collects ". We share our reference material free of charge and work hard to make it accurate, but as with any research, mistakes can be made.
Beaded Purses through the Decades
Unlike the relatively primitive mold method employed by Rosetta bead-makers up until the 15th Century, the millefiori technique involved construction of beads one rod at a time. The exact positioning of the canes was critical to the end pattern, however, this method allowed for greater symmetry and uniformity than the old Rosetta method. As such, the mosaic patterns of true Venetian Trade Beads will almost always be uniformly symmetrical.
Beads that are years or older are called antique beads. They are very rare , and can often only be purchased in deceased estate sales, or online from other enthusiasts. Antique beads can also be freed from buttons and decorations on old clothing that would otherwise not be that valuable, because of the deterioration of the fabric. Collectors of antique beads are normally passionate about a particular origin or era of bead manufacture. Early European or Far Eastern antique beads are highly prized, and many collectors around the world continue to build their inventory as deceased estates are made available.