Today, I wanted to do a Throwback Thursday post featuring some very interesting beads. These beads have a very distinctive yellow and black stripes and I was actually buying another set of beads when I spotted them. They reminded me so much of bees and in fact, these Venetian beads called bumble bee trade beads. They are glass wound beads and were made between the latter half of the 1800s to the first years of the 1900s. With these beads, I wanted to make something that would really show them off. The first obvious choice was black but when I paired them with my black beads, it seemed to dim the cheerfulness of the bumble bees. But as it so happened, I had a bagful of vintage French yellow glass beads that I had previously bought and it turned out to be the right combination! I bought these yellow glass beads from someone whose husband used to work in a bead and button shop in the early 30s in Paris. And when he died, he had a good number of buttons and beads left over from when he was working and his widow was selling them off little by little. I was quite happy to buy the yellow ones from her!
At the next show I did, the necklace attracted a good number of admirers and finally it was purchased by a lady who owned her own jewelry store! She was quite taken by it, calling it a unique looking piece and she loved the fact that the beads were quite old. She told me that she rarely bought jewelry anymore since she sees so much of it in her own store. And I was pleased beyond belief that she found something she loved in my booth!