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Millefiori trade beads necklace from Ghana (beginning of 1900)

Ref: KTOU15

Beautiful necklace made with Millefiori beads, from Ghana, made in the early 1900s.

Since the 16th century, ships bound for Africa and the Americas were supplied with huge quantities of beads. On the outward journey, they used ballast and upon arrival were used to barter spices, fabrics, precious metals and even slaves. A currency that worked on most borders.

Many were Venetian, including chevron and millefiori glass beads.

These beads are now considered collector’s items.​

(VAT included)

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