Ultramarine green millefiori mosaic Venetian glass trade bead necklace with chevrons, malachite, pearls, aventurine statement gift for her


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    I have chosen three different green based mosaic glass bead designs that showcase the versatility of the glass bead makers working in Murano glass in the late 1800’s early 1900’s. In total there are seven mosaic trade beads that I bought in the Cote d’Ivoire.

    The central bead is green with blue and red flowers/stars (please note there is a chip on the edge at one end indicative of age and pre-love).There are four beads that have a green chevron design and the colour and style of these are picked up by the green chevrons sued throughout the necklace. There are two mosaic beads with eye designs that protect the wearer. The mosaic beads (or millefiori from the Italian meaning thousand flowers) were made by winding molten glass onto a central cane and then decorating with slices of coloured drawn cane.
    To complement these antique beauties I have used handmade Thai silver flowers, malachite from Zimbabwe, small freshwater pearls and green aventurine.

    The necklace measures 20” or 50 cm in length.

    All the glass beads have a patina suggesting their age and the odd chips and pits are to be expected. Made in Venice and then traded to West Africa over 100 years ago I only know their recent past - they deserve a new and loving home to take them onwards.

    It will come gift wrapped in a box and carefully packaged.

    Green schemes are a rest for the eyes and mind and impart a sense of calm.
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