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Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads (A)
A set of four Venetian Millefiori trade beads from the 1800's. I have several sets for sale and I've categorized them by size and color as much as I can.

This set is approx. 13-14mm across and 18-13mm in length. The beading hole is 3mm.


Please do not expect perfection in these beads. They are very old, very roughly cut and may contain the odd chip here and there which, due to their very nature, actually adds to their beauty.

Price: 14.00

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History of Millefiori beads

Millefiori trade beads are Venetian, meaning they were all made in Venice. They got the name from the fact that they had floral patterns. The floral patterns were included because of the intrinsic value Africans placed on decorative items.

The first Millefiori trade beads were used in Africa in the late 1800s, but they could have been used in the mid-1800s. These beads continued to be used through to the early 1900s. They were made on a commission basis by Europeans who wanted to ease their way through Africa. Each commission had different specifications and this explains the difference in design and color. They were mostly used in West Africa where most of the slave trade took place.

Africans were enthusiastic about these beads because they placed a lot of intrinsic value on decorative items and because they thought they were genuine currency. They used them to trade among themselves and for various other uses.

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Many people are making trade beads that mimic the original trade beads. To get the genuine beads, do not expect flawlessness, buy from an established online or offline store.
14.00 €            


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Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads (B)
A set of four Venetian Millefiori trade beads from the 1800's. This is the last lot I have for sale at the moment. They are a little more mixed in color, with two that are blue/yellow, one that is more red/yellow and one that is grayer, with red and yellow. You get the exact four beads that you see in the photos.

This set is approx. 13-14mm across and 22-15mm in length. The beading hole is 3mm.


Please do not expect perfection in these beads. They are very old, very roughly cut and may contain the odd chip here and there which, due to their very nature, actually adds to their beauty.

Price: 14.00

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History of Millefiori beads

Millefiori trade beads are Venetian, meaning they were all made in Venice. They got the name from the fact that they had floral patterns. The floral patterns were included because of the intrinsic value Africans placed on decorative items.

The first Millefiori trade beads were used in Africa in the late 1800s, but they could have been used in the mid-1800s. These beads continued to be used through to the early 1900s. They were made on a commission basis by Europeans who wanted to ease their way through Africa. Each commission had different specifications and this explains the difference in design and color. They were mostly used in West Africa where most of the slave trade took place.

Africans were enthusiastic about these beads because they placed a lot of intrinsic value on decorative items and because they thought they were genuine currency. They used them to trade among themselves and for various other uses.

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Many people are making trade beads that mimic the original trade beads. To get the genuine beads, do not expect flawlessness, buy from an established online or offline store.
14.00 €            


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Vintage 1950s Dark Topaz Glass Bead Mix
A set of 13 dark topaz Czech glass beads from the 1950s. You get the exact set that you see in the photos, which consists of:
5 x Elongated 4 sided ellipsoids 12 x 7mm
8 x Rounds 8mm

13 beads in total. Would make a nice bracelet or use for earrings, brooches etc.

Price: 4.50 euro
4.50 €            


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Vintage Lucite Twist Tube Beads - Light Teal Moonglow
Vintage Lucite twist tube beads. 8x9mm. Light teal moonglow. There are 20 beads per strand.

Size: 9 x 8mm
Price: 6 euro per strand
Stock: 3 strands
6.00 €            


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Vintage Jonquil Faceted Crystal Rounds (10mm)
These vintage glass crystal beads were made in Western Germany during the 1950's. They are 10mm faceted rounds, in the pale yellow colour that is called Jonquil.

They have quite a lot of sparkle for glass and are quite simple and lovely. Sold as a strand of 20 beads. You will receive the exact strand that you see in the photos.

Size: 10mm
Price:14 euro
Stock: 1 strand
14.00 €            


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VLB - 5197 - Huge Vintage Lucite Deep Mauve Plum Fluted Melon Ovals
Vintage Lucite, deep mauve plum fluted melon ovals, 11 x 36mm. There are 8 pieces per strand.

Size: 36 x 11mm
Price: 8 euro per strand of 8 beads
Stock: 1 strand
8.00 €            


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Distressed Silver Foil Turquoise Colour Beads (10mm)
These unusual, handmade, vintage beads have a distressed look to them. There is clear turquoise glass, coated over roughly applied silver foil. This allows you to see the rough silver foil crackle and gives a great look to the bead.

Each bead measures approx.10mm. Adding to the charm of this collection is the not exact shape of each bead. Handmade in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. So true Bohemian.

There are approx.22 beads in a strand.

Size: approx. 10 x 8mm
Price: 6 euro per strand
Stock: 3 strands
6.00 €            


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Vintage Lucite Light Emerald Moonglow Rondells
Vintage Lucite light emerald moonglow rondelles. 9x12mm .30 beads

Size: 12 x 9mm
Price: 7 euro per strand
Stock: 1 strand
7.00 €            


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VLB - 2979PK - Vintage Lucite Tubes Light Mauve Moonglow Twist (1)
Pretty vintage Lucite beads in a relaxing mauve moonglow. They are beautiful twisted tubes.
There are 20 beads to a strand.

Size: 8 x 6mm
Price: 6 euro per strand
Stock: 2 strands
6.00 €            


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Large Purple Vintage Lucite Round Beads x 8 (20mm) - Vintage Beads - 1960s Italian
Large round purple vintage Lucite beads with a satin finish. They were made in Italy during the 1960s. Sold as a pack of 8 beads.

Size: 20mm
Price: 6 euro for 8 beads
Stock: 1 lot
6.00 €            


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Vintage 1950s Light Topaz Glass Bead Mix
A set of 25 light topaz round Czech glass beads from the 1950s. You get the exact set that you see in the photos, which consists of:

4 x 15mm
6 x 12mm
15 x 6mm

25 beads in total. They are all the same colour. They look different shades in the photos, but that is the way the light was shining on them.

Price: 4.50 euro
4.50 €            


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Vintage Beads - Plastic Blue/ Red /Purple Striped Tab Beads - Mod Era Beads
Vintage Beads - Plastic Blue/ Red /Purple Striped Tab Beads - Mod Era Beads

Vintage plastic. Very Mod.
Blue/ Red /Purple Striped tab beads. 20mm. There are 10 pieces per strand.

Groovy Baby!

Size: 20mm
Price: 5 euro per strand
Stock: 3 strands
5.00 €            


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Beige/Cream Marbled Ellipsoid Beads - Vintage Beads - Lucite Beads
Beige/Cream Marbled Ellipsoid Beads - Vintage Beads - Lucite Beads

These beads are very large Vintage Lucite beige/cream marbled ellipsoid beads. Sold as a strand of ten beads.

Size: 22 x 11mm
Price: 8 euro per strand
Stock: 1 strand
8.00 €            


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Topaz Glass Charms/Drops - Vintage Beads - Set of Seven
Topaz Glass Charms/Drops - Vintage Beads - Set of Seven

This listing is for a set of seven vintage glass charms/drops, in a beautiful light topaz colour.

The charms are kind of kite shaped, and are almost flat with beautiful faceted edges.

They are very slightly darker than the photo shows.

The beading hole runs from front to back.

Size: 20 x 15mm
Price: 5.50 euro for the set of seven
Stock: 1 set
5.50 €            


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Emerald Green Teardrop Beads - Vintage Lucite Transparent Emerald Teardops (B) - Vintage Beads
Emerald Green Teardrop Beads - Vintage Lucite Transparent Emerald Teardops (B) - Vintage Beads

Vintage lucite transparent emerald teardrops from the 1950's. These are teardrop shaped, but with a slightly flatter end than normal. Sold as a set of 10 beads.

Size: 26 x 10mm
Price: 10 euro for a set of 10 beads
Stock: 1 set
10.00 €            


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Vintage Beads Swarovski Article 5107 Pagoda Shape - Volcano - Overlapping Rights and Lefts Faceted Glass Beads -8mm
Vintage Swarovski old out of production Article 5107 Pagoda shape Volcano colour faceted glass beads. Silvered backs. Dedicated Rights and Lefts. Stunning colour. They measure 8mm. Original unused condition. There are 8 in the lot - 4 lefts and 4 rights.

Size: 8mm
Price: 10 euro
Stock: 1 set only
10.00 €            


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Vintage Lucite Purple Beads - Vintage Beads - Vintage Lucite Variegated Purple
Vintage Lucite Purple Beads - Vintage Beads - Vintage Lucite Variegated Purple

Vintage Lucite matte variegated colours of purple beehive beads. 20 beads to a strand. Colours vary randomly from pale amethyst purple to dark purple.

Size: 9 x 6mm
Price: 7.50 per strand
Stock: 1 strand
7.50 €            


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Purple/Dark Grape Barrel Beads (18mm) - Vintage Beads - Vintage Lucite Beads
Purple/Dark Grape Barrel Beads (18mm) - Vintage Beads - Vintage Lucite Beads

Matte deep purple, or grape coloured, vintage Lucite barrel beads.

These vintage lucite beads measure 18mm long by 12mm wide and have a matte/washed finish to them.

New old stock from 1960's Italy/

Sold as a pack of 20 beads

Size: 18 x 12mm
Price: 8.50 for 20 beads
Stock: 3 packs
8.50 €            


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Vintage Distressed Silver Foil Plum Colour Beads (10mm)
These unusual, handmade, vintage beads have a distressed look to them. There is clear plum or amethyst glass, coated over roughly applied silver foil. This allows you to see the rough silver foil crackle and gives a great look to the bead.

Each bead measures approx.1 0mm. Adding to the charm of this collection is the not exact shape of each bead. Handmade in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. So true Bohemian.

There are approx.22 beads in a strand.

Size: approx. 10 x 8mm
Price: 6 euro per strand
Stock: 6 strands
6.00 €            


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1950s Distressed Silver Foil Topaz Glass Beads (10mm) - Vintage Beads
These unusual, handmade, vintage beads have a distressed look to them. There is clear topaz brown glass, coated over roughly applied silver foil. This allows you to see the rough silver foil crackle and gives a great look to the bead.

Each bead measures approx.10mm. Adding to the charm of this collection is the not exact shape of each bead. Handmade in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. So true Bohemian.

There are approx. 22 beads in a strand.

Size: approx. 10 x 8mm
Price: 6 euro per strand
Stock: 4 strands
6.00 €            


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Vintage German Glass Beads Tan/White (14mm)
Vintage German glass beads in a creamy tan and white colour mix. They are an unusual diagonal cube shape. Made in the 1950's.

A strand of 8 beads.

Size: 14mm
Price: 11 euro per strand
Stock: 1 strand
11.00 €            


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Vintage Swarovski Crystal - Twist Cut Focal/Pendant
Beautiful and unusual vintage Swarovski focal beads/pendants. Twist cut. Topped drilled. They are a clear light topaz to golden yellow - depending upon light filtration. These were purchased from the Delmonico Collection.

Size: 22mm x 14mm
Price: 8 euro each
Stock: 1
8.00 €            


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1950s Clear Crystal AB Faceted Round Beads - Vintage Bohemian Czech Beads
A large lot of clear crystal faceted round beads with an ab (aurora borealis) finish. The beads consist of several sizes from the smallest at 5mm to the largest at 12mm. There are 84 beads in total. You get the exact beads that you see in the photos.

These are part of a large consignment of quality vintage beads that were made in Czechoslovakia during the 1950s. So they are true Bohemian.

Sizes: A mix of sizes between 5mm and 12mm
Price: 12 euro
12.00 €            


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1950s Faceted Glass Ellipsoid Beads - Black/Silver (22mm)
A unique set of faceted glass ellipsoid beads which change from black to silver around the bead. They also have a slight ab finish so that when the light catches them a kaleidoscope of colours shows.

There are 5 beads in the set.

Size: approx. 22 x 10mm
Price: 5 euro for the set
Stock: 1 set only

5.00 €            


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1950s Black Glass Briolette Teardrop Pendant Bead (18mm)
Jet black, faceted glass briolette teardrop from the 1950s, with a very obvious pointed finish at either end.

Size: 18 x 11mm
Price: 6 euro
Stock: 1
6.00 €