Hello friends, as promised, here is the bracelet I was working on yesterday. I am especially happy with this one as it incorporates several elements I love– antique beads, semi-precious stones and a newly learned technique!
The red and black beads were a bit of an unusual find for me because I actually found them in a bead shop rather than in an antique shop. I normally never find anything in bead stores, except for findings and such but this time, Zahia, a really cool bead store in Antwerp, had some stock of old Moretti beads. Not a lot but enough for me to be really happy that day!
Ercole Moretti et F.lli is one of the oldest bead making companies in Italy. It was started in Venice, Italy in 1911 by a family of glass makers. They created an enormous amount of beads that eventually made their way to the African continent thanks to the bead trade. Their most famous work is probably the Rosetta bead (otherwise known was the Chevron bead) though this bead was originally invented in 1480. They are one of the few bead companies that still exist today in Venice.
These particular red and black beads that I did buy from Zahia date back from their 1930 stock. It belongs to this family of beads pictured below and they are opaque ground beads. Despite their great age, they hardly look worn and the red and black color scheme looks as good now as it did back in those days. To mix it up a bit, I decided to use these faceted black spinels rather than more glass beads. I love gemstones and this is a good way to incorporate them to my usual work. To top it all off, I used my newly acquired wire-wrapping skill!