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Adding to the bead box


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.
IMG_6979.JPGI 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!

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What’s in a name?

One of the great things about trade beads is that they’ve acquired all sort of names over the years. They can be wonderfully descriptive. Take the beads on this necklace — they’re called the fried egg trade beads because of its distinctive yellow on white pattern. To be honest they also somewhat look like paint splatters to me but perhaps the person who coined that name was dreaming of fried eggs at that time and the name stuck. I guess I’ll never know. But I do know that these fried egg beads were made between the middle of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century.
I thought that since the beads themselves are very distinctive, I would keep the rest of the necklace simple. I like the juxtaposition of the soft braided cord and glass beads. This pairing is a bit of a departure for me and I like its final effect of being feminine without being sugary sweet.

Here are the beads up close :