Gooseberry Beads, Antique Venetian, 6mm


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  • Antique Venetian Gooseberry beads from the African trade 5mm diameter
  • One 24-inch strand in excellent condition
  • Made from the 1600s to early 1900s in Venice, Italy
  • Although it's hard to see in the photo these are starting to get a pinkish tinge from prolonged sun exposure
  • Widely traded in the Americas, as well as Africa and other places
  • Not to be confused with replicas or new Indonesian striped beads of various colors now also being called "gooseberry"
  • The real beads often had a greenish tinge and resembled actual gooseberries