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14mm Round (10) - Transparent Purple w. Aventurine & Blue - Glass Vintage Replica Trade Beads

$18.00 AUD

Description

Measurements:  14mm (Being hand made the sizes of the beads can vary slightly.)

Quantity per pack:  10

A brilliant transparent purple glass, with a bronze stripe (Aventurine) around the middle, embellished with little blue transparent glass raised dots (called 'punts').

These are a really lovely focal bead.  The gorgeous purple (very hard to get this colour!) and will look magical in a necklace, bracelet or earrings - or maybe a set of all 3!  These beads are premium quality beads from India.

These beads are referred to as Lampwork - each bead is individually made, using a gas-powered torch or a blowtorch. The ribbons of Aventurine are hand applied, making every bead an individual work of art!

Aventurine (goldstone) was invented in the late 18th century and beads with this decoration appeared early 18th century, but mass production of the special glass didn't start until around 1875.  The decoration on these Lampwork beads was by using canes of Aventurine to add to the outside of the original bead.  This style of bead originally came from Venetian glass makers, later taken on by the Indian glass making trade.  Glass bead making was introduced in India around 1960.  They are replications of Trade Beads.  Our lampwork beads come from India, and are old (but new) stock - we believe they are made not long after India began to manufacture Venetian glass replica trade beads, possibly around 1980.