Antique Venetian White Gooseberry Glass Beads CRBM_10588_B


These antique European glass gooseberry beads were manufactured in Venice for the African trade at the end of the 1800s - early 1900s around the turn of the 20th century. Earlier versions of these beads were also traded in the Americas. 

The original gooseberry beads were made from canes of nearly clear colorless glass sometimes of yellowish and pinkish hues, usually with 8-12 colored stripes along the canes. The strand in this listing is consistent with the early production beads.


The strand is 28" long, The beads range from about 6x7 mm to about 11x12 mm. There are 97 beads on the strand.  The beads are generally in good antique condition, although some nicks, chips, discoloration, or other signs of the beads' venerable age are expected,

Weights and sizes are approximate.

IMPORTANT NOTE. In the world of beads, and especially ancient and antique beads, errors in identification are common. We do our best to research and classify our beads accurately, however, mistakes are certainly possible. If you are a bead expert and notice any errors in the description, we invite you to please contact us and let us know. We are always grateful for any new information. We also accept returns no questions asked. See our Return Policy for details.

COLORS: Our photos are taken in different lighting in an attempt to show how beads look in different lighting conditions. We make every effort to show colors as accurately as possible. The white background photos are taken in daylight conditions. The black background photos are taken in the strong lab light and would be representative of what they would look like in the evening electric light. Some of the photos are backlit to emphasize their translucency. Note that monitor settings strongly affect the way the colors look. What you see on your monitor may differ from what you see with the naked eye depending on your monitor settings.

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