Black Vinyl and Trade Glass NecklaceSC-22-N-02
This one of a kind necklace made of African black vinyl discs, features a center block with an old cherry red colored Bohemian glass bead, framed by old Bedouin knob beads from Yemen, black Tuareg ebony and silver inlay beads from Mauritania, old blue Mali glass beads, red Prosser cubed glass and striped Venetian glass beads.
The European glass bead industry flourished from the 16th through the 19the century. The earliest and most renowned European glass bead making center was in Venice. Glass factories existed in Italy, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Moravia and France, but Venetian glass dominated the market. Different glass bead making centers emphasized the use of certain techniques. Some trade glass beads were used for barter, but most of them were used for trade in Africa and North America.