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    Yellow Oval Striped Venetian Trade Beads (One of a Kind)

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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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    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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    Blue & Yellow Striped Venetian Watermelon Chevron Beads

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    Checkout these beautiful Venetian trade beads, known as watermelon chevron. Similar to the commonly known Chevrons, they display a colorful set of ...

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    Red Antique Venetian Skunk Beads (Stretch Bracelet)

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    Beautiful old eye red skunk trade beads. These beads have traveled at least three continents and were originally traded in the 1800s. Each bead is ...

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    Antique Black & White Venetian Trade Bead Medley

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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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    White Stripe Antique Matching Venetian Millefiori Trade Beads

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    Black & Blue 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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    Old Black & White Venetian Good Beads

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of old trade beads. This strand has traveled at least three continents and was originally traded in the 1800's...

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    Antique Venetian Flower White Heart Beads

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    Admire this rare strand of old Venetian Flower Trade Beads from Ethiopia. These beads might be called cousins to the more common white heart beads ...

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    Mixed Venetian Aja Beads (14mm)

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    These authentic Aja beads are made from Venetian Glass. Aja beads such as these are identified by their distinctive disk-like shape. To this day, V...

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    Green Cylindrical Striped Venetian Watermelon Chevron Beads

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    Checkout these beautiful Venetian trade beads, known as watermelon chevron. Similar to the commonly known Chevrons, they display a colorful set of ...

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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 Venetian Sotro Trade Beads

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    These authentic antique trade beads were produced in Europe for the African Trade. This strand is composed of several different styles of glass bea...

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    Antique Venetian Rectangular Skunk Trade Beads

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    Commonly referred to as "skunk beads", these beautiful African trade beads are of Venetian origin. More commonly found in a spherical shape, the re...

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    Antique Venetian Green Stripe Trade Beads

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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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    Yellow Jacket Venetian Aja Beads (6mm)

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    These authentic Aja beads are made from Venetian Glass. Aja beads such as these are identified by their distinctive disk-like shape. To this day, V...

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    White Stripe Dogtooth Venetian Trade Beads

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    Found in Nigeria, these authentic Venetian Glass Trade Beads derive their name from their resemblance to natural teeth. Dogtooth beads are characte...

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    Blue Dot Antique Matching Venetian 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 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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    Antique Fried-Egg Matching 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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    Black & Brown Venetian Aja Beads (12mm)

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    These authentic Aja beads are made from Venetian Glass. Aja beads such as these are identified by their distinctive disk-like shape. To this day, V...

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    Antique Black Venetian Skunk Eye Beads

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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.