Bohemian Smaller Colodente "Pigeon Egg" Glass Beads, Red 0992A-D



These vintage Bohemian drawn glass beads come from the West African trade, where they were held in high regard and were traded for valuable commodities, from cattle to dowry. Oval-shaped beads were very popular as they were associated with fertility symbols.

The origin of the word Colodente is Italian, however these beads are believed to be of Bohemian origin. There is no clarity on their exact age.  They are likely dated to the early 1900s, but there are also hypotheses dating them earlier. Frequently referred to as "pigeon egg" or "hummingbird egg" beads, they are an excellent design choice when color is desired. 

The beads in this listing are in various shades of red and are approximately 15x12 mm. There are approximately 38-40 beads per full strand. Individual strands are shown and are available at checkout to choose from.

Beads do show age, with age-appropriate nicks and chips. Please see the photos for specifics.

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 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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