New White Hearts, Round Red 6mm on 20-inch Strand


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  • New White Heart beads 6mm, 
  • Made in Europe, bought by enterprising African traders, strung on raffia to resemble the old ones and sold back to Americans and Europeans
  • Named for their white core covered by a thin layer of translucent red glass, Whate Hearts were traded from Europe to every continent, and known variously as Cornaline d'Aleppo for their resemblance to carnelian beads coming east from India through Syria and Turkey or Hudson Bay Beads because early settlers in that area traded them to Native Americans for fur pelts.
  • They may be the only beads created during the era of great exploration and trade that are still being produced and traded today.