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    Black Tribal Medley Antique Venetian Trade Beads

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    Old Trade beads such as these are as beautiful in their design as they are exceptional in their craftsmanship. Venetian glass beads were known for ...

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    Antique Yellow Spiral Venetian Trade Beads (8mm)

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    Commonly referred to as "African trade beads", these beautiful glass beads are of Venetian origin. Beads such as these are said to have been made i...

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    Antique West African Round Venetian Skunk Eye Beads

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    Old Trade beads such as these are as beautiful in their design as they are exceptional in their craftsmanship. Venetian glass beads were known for ...

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    Antique Matching Round Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Take a look at this beautiful antique strand of Venetian Millefiori trade beads! Celebrated among the most distinctive of beads, the Millefiori has...

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    Blue, Green, Yellow Striped Oval Venetian Trade Beads

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    Admire this beautiful strand of antique Venetian trade beads! Venetian glass beads such as these were made throughout the 19th and 20th century pri...

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    Green Flower Antique Matching Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Green Flower Antique Round and Rectangle Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Take a look at this beautiful antique strand of Venetian Millefiori trade beads! Celebrated among the most distinctive of beads, the Millefiori has...

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    Antique Matching Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Take a look at this beautiful antique strand of Venetian Millefiori trade beads! Celebrated among the most distinctive of beads, the Millefiori has...

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    Antique Black Venetian Trade Beads

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    Old Trade beads such as these are as beautiful in their design as they are exceptional in their craftsmanship. Venetian glass beads were known for ...

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    Antique Matching Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Take a look at this beautiful antique strand of Venetian Millefiori trade beads! Celebrated among the most distinctive of beads, the Millefiori has...

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    Krakamba Black & White Antique Venetian Trade Beads

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    Old Trade beads such as these are as beautiful in their design as they are exceptional in their craftsmanship. Venetian glass beads were known for ...

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    Antique Venetian Yellow Onion Beads (Long Strand)

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    Checkout this amazing strand of antique yellow onion trade beads. The long strand measures 35", and each bead is approximately 10-13mm in length by...

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    Black Flame Matching Venetian Antique Trade Beads

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    Antique Matching Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Old Blue & Red Striped Venetian Glass Beads

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    This special strand of old trade beads was found in West Africa, but likely manufactured during the early 20th century by Venetian production. Each...

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    Antique Mixed Venetian Fancy Beads (Long Strand)

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    This unusual strand of antique Venetian African Trade beads includes a variety of rare and collectible designs. Look carefully and you will see man...

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    Orange Mosaic Antique Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Antique Yellow Spiral Venetian Trade Beads (6mm)

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    Commonly referred to as "African trade beads", these beautiful glass beads are of Venetian origin. Beads such as these are said to have been made i...

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    Blue & Yellow Antique Venetian Onion Beads (Long Strand)

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    Antique Black & Yellow Dot Venetian Good Beads (Long Strand)

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    Take a look at this old beautiful strand of antique black and yellow dot skunk African Trade Beads. They are Venetian made and have travelled many...

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    Antique Matching Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Flower Field Antique Matching Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Premium Red Venetian Skunk Eye Beads (12mm)

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    Take a look at these beautiful old eye red skunk trade beads. This strand is exceptionally high quality. If you pay attention to the finish you wil...

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    Yellow & Blue Cylindrical Striped Venetian Trade Beads

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    Admire this beautiful, EXTRA LONG strand of antique Venetian trade beads! Venetian glass beads such as these were made throughout the 19th and 20th...

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Many trade beads, most commonly African trade beads, are venetian-made. We carry a wide variety of Venetian made Millefiori trade beads, eye beads, and mixed trade beads. The birthplace of these Venetian trade beads is most commonly Murano or Venice, Italy. Because of their high quality, age, and limited production, these Venetian beads are developing high value as collectible items.

Venetian beads are some of the most rare and prized beads in the world. Sources show that they have been used as trade beads as far back as the 14th century. Created in Venice, Italy, they are renowned for their extremely high level of craftsmanship, beautiful colors and intricate detail. However, in the 1620's, the Italian glass industry was moved to Murano, so there is difficulty in determining exactly from where each individual set of beads originates. Either way, it doesn't affect their value as they are still much sought after by collectors.

In order to create Venetian trade beads, glass artisans form the core of the bead by wrapping heated glass around a slim metal rod. When it cools, the glass contracts slightly and allows it to slide off the rod. To achieve a flower design, the artist must create a series of rods wrapped around in tight succession. When it cools, the result is a string of beads with many colors and sharp designs. By connecting the various colored glass together like this, this technique was known as 'fused glass'.

Newer strands can cost as little as $30 if you purchase replicas, but old and authentic Venetian glass beads cost anywhere from $70 - $200 per strand. On the other hand, if you are looking for more exotic venetian trade beads, you will need to venture in four figure sums. Because they are so rare and desired, antique and exotic trade beads can sell for up to $3,000 depending on where you purchase them. Unfortunately, today, there are many online stores selling Chinese-made replicas at the same prices as the authentic beads.

There is a lot of history and aesthetic value to these beads. They are a work of art rather than a mere fashion accessory. With every bead you wear, you carry a piece of history with you.