The next time you
You'll see the
woman across the room glancing in your direction, and she's
whispering to her friends, "I want her necklace."
Do you share the secret of where you found it, or keep it a
mystery? It's all up to you when you wear your exquisite
sterling silver necklace with a traditional millefiori focal
piece. Treat yourself to this gorgeous necklace today, as it's on sale for
only a limited time.
• Early 1900’s
African Trade Bead handcrafted in Venice, Italy – Large Elbow
Millefiori Pattern – and collected from Africa
• Handcrafted Sterling Silver Melon and Rondelle Beads and
Toggle Clasp from Bali
• Finished with Silver French Bullion
• Length: 16.5”
bonus: Make your purchase today, and we will include free
shipping and handling, plus a free canister of Connoisseurs
Jewelry Wipes with your order.
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MILLEFIORI MOSAIC VENETIAN TRADE BEAD: This lovely bead (circa
Early 1900’s) was handmade in Venice, Italy and collected from
Africa. Millefiori is an Italian word meaning “a thousand
flowers” and are known as “mosaic” beads throughout the world.
The making of millefiori beads is a two-step process. First
the murrine or cane is made and then these are applied to a
molten wound glass core and made into beads. The millefiori
beads made in Venice were imported to Africa in the late
1800’s and traded or sold for various things. Most of the
surviving bead sample cards, showing these beads as they were
originally sold are dated to the 1920’s, but that does not
mean these beads were not made prior to that time. As shown on
the bead timeline in the History of Beads, millefiori beads
date to the mid-1800 through the early 1920’s. They are often
referred to African Trade Beads and were imported to the
United States from African Traders in the late 1960’s. Old
African Trade Beads are among the hottest collectibles in the
world today and have formed the basis of private bead
collections due to their infinite variety and the stories
behind them. African Traders are having to go deeper into
Africa to find more of these beads today and many styles that
were readily available 5 years ago are no longer seen today.