Hello friends, today I thought I’d show you a couple of new additions to my bead box. I lucked out and found some beautiful specimens. The beauty of Venetian trade beads is the wide variety of patterns and colors that were made for the trade. Sometimes this variety makes it difficult to find matching pairs though those that are similar make harmonious enough pairs. I’m quite happy with this group as it includes some uncommon and unusual beads, all of them dating back to the latter part of the 19th century to the early years of the 20th –two aventurine decorated trailed beads, a yellow striped tabular bead, an elbow shaped red Chevron bead (a rare buy for me because I am not as familiar with these kinds of beads as I am with the others and there is unfortunately, a great proliferation of fake Chevrons!), a gorgeous millefiori with a gorgeous palette of canes and two pink eye beads. The last two beads with the stripes in the middle was a gift from the seller.
I think the bead pictured above might be my favorite among this bunch. It would make for a wonderful pendant!
Before ending this post, I want to share a recent article I came across about Glass Making in Murano. Its quite an interesting read and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!