Antique African Trade Beads in an Asymmetric Necklace of with Large Rare Millefiori, Awale, Russian Blues, and Dutch Dogon Beads.
This one-of-a-kind 26.5" long infinity necklace is made of antique African Trade glass beads. It combines rare large purple and blue tabular millefiori beads, large deep blue Dogon Dutch beads, Russian blues, and small Awale sliced disk spacers.
The trade beads used in this necklace are old, dating to the late 1800s - early 1900s. They come from across Europe and are a piece of the fascinating history of the trade beads in Europe.
The centerpiece is a rare large elbow tabular millefiori bead 40x11mm. A single large tabular millefiori hexagonal bead creates a contemporary asymmetric look in this necklace made of beads of venerable age; they are 26.5 x 28 mm. The cylindrical millefiori beads complement the centerpiece beads in color and style, and range from 12 to 20 mm long. These millefiori beads were made in Venice in the early 1900s for the African trade. The small disk-shaped Awale beads resemble chevrons but are not made with multiple layers. The ones used in this necklace are slices of 3-5 mm long and 8mm in diameter. They date to the late 1800 to early 1900s. The small (approx. 4-5 mm) faceted Russian blue beads are of similar age. They were made in Russia primarily for the Hudson Bay Trading Company and extensively used in the fur trade. And finally, Dutch round deep blued Dogon beads were made in the Netherlands for African trade. These were exceptionally popular with the Dogon people of Mali. These are old beads, possibly dating back before the 19th century.
Please note that the beads are old and have traveled from afar. There are some nicks and chips and shape irregularities are expected, although the beads are generally in excellent condition for their age.
Marvelous experience purchasing from this shop: beautiful necklace, great communication, and fast dispatch and delivery! Would absolutely shop here again!
I love my new necklace! Exactly what I was looking for - authentic vintage moroccan berber khamsa pendant and beads tastefully combined. Had also very good experience with contacting the store with an inquiry that was answered promptly and in satisfactory manner. Would not hesitate to purchase from this store again! Thank you.
I purchased it as a gift and got many thanks! It is simply beautiful
I liked my necklace in person even better than on the website! It's so well done! Attention to detail is unbelievable! And this is exactly what I look for in my jewelry: I like it when everything including a clasp is artistic and high quality! I am coming back for more...
This necklace is so tasteful. I bought it as a gift but decided to keep it for myself!
Mexican Amber and Dominican Blu Amber, necklace and earrings Set, is beautiful !!!
Very light! I like very much !!!
Many thanks Anna!
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Thank you so much my wife loved it better than expected.
first of all, WOW, I am really happy with this necklace, more than imaginable; CROSSROADS continue to spread your light and wings with these beautiful pieces. God Bless.
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Finally received the earrings and they do not dissapoint.
Pale pink coral that goes with my other necklaces and a lot more. Thank you for your extra effort.
This 18' necklace is the last of the set, and I am so glad that I purchased it. Is beautiful with the pink coral and the silver accents, is a combination that I can wear in different ways. Very satisfied with the workmanship and quality of these pieces. Thanks.
Gorgeous necklace, really excited to wear it for special occasions!
Just received my necklace, This is exactly what I need to start 2021. My favorite combination of colours : bright orange and dark green. Nicely done! This is not just to show it off on my black cashmere turtleneck, I can hold it in my hands , look at it and enjoy it.
Anna (seller) was very accommodating, answered my questions and provide extra pictures of the necklace for me. Thank you Anna!
I purchased a second necklace to add to a previous one from this seller. The craftsmanship and beauty of the coral and pearls combined with sterling silver gives it antique-like effect that I love. Fast shipping and impecable packaging. Thanks.
Beautiful and artfully designed necklace. Love the pearls and the silver combined with the coral. Fast shipping and great connection with the seller.