Hello friends, you might have noticed from the title that this is a jewelry post. I was just thinking after I wrote my post yesterday that I’ve never done a complete week of posting just on the jewelry. I thought it might be interesting to do that so this week is De Petites Merveilles jewelry week on the blog!
I think all my beads are special but these ones have a little extra oomph to them. They were made in France in the late 20s/early 30s by an old jewelry house that just happened to make their own beads. At that time, semi-precious stones were very expensive and hard to come by. So a lot of glass makers (including those in Italy and Bohemia) took to making glass versions. These ones right here were made to resemble carnelians. What makes them really pretty is the ring of little white glass pearls that run all along the middle of the bead. As you can see from the photos, the white beads are not all completely regular which indicates that they were probably put their by hand by the glass makers. In time the glass versions of stones became even more popular than the actual stones themselves!!
I’m extremely happy to have found enough beads to make two pieces. And they are now available in the Etsy shop!!