White Hearts, Antique Round Extra Large & Beautiful 18mm Beads on Long 33-inch Strand


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  • Stunning, antique, nearly perfect large yellow core "White Hearts" 18mm
  • Only one amazing 33-inch strand available
  • These early "Yellow Hearts" were made in Venice from 1830 to 1890 for the African Trade
  • Named for their white core covered by a thin layer of translucent red glass, these beads were traded from Europe to every inhabited continent. Also 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 and Mountain Men in that area traded them to Native Americans for pelts.
  • Developed in the 1600s, and produced mostly in Italy, but later also in Bohemia (now Czech Republic) and France, they had a lovely soft red pomegranate or light burgundy color until selenium replaced gold in the mix in 1890s. Selenium gave them a much brighter, harsher red. Selenium was abandoned in the 1930s because it was more expensive than gold at that time, but by then the global bead trade was winding down and the gold price keeps rising, so it's safe to say that essentially all the softer red beads are pre-1900.