Aja (Striped Discs), Antique Venetian Mixed Colors 10-14mm


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  • Antique Venetian drawn bead slices called Aja, 1-2mm thick by 10-14mm diameter. Three of my favorite colors all on one strand: Brick with yellow, Black w/ white and red, and blue with white and red. There's something here to go with most Venetian trade beads and they're the perfect size too.
  • Only one 22-inch strand. I bought these in the early 1990s as part of a Philadelphia  collector's estate
  • Made in Venice, Italy, most likely early 1900s
  • To make these beads, striped glass canes are drawn out to great length while still soft. Once they've cooled they are sliced into sections just 1-2mm long, and these are heated until the edges are nicely rounded and smooth.
  • Collectors value these, and as a designer I like them too. I "frame" focal beads like amber, large brass beads and glass trade beads, with multiple slices and thin rondells of various sizes. Aja beads take those "frames" to a whole new level, adding interest by picking up colors in the focals, often made of the same glass.