Murano Bead Collection

Murano Glass beads proved very popular in trade with Africa, India, and the Americas. Such beads became known as "trade beads" as they were commonly used in place of money to buy valuable African and American commodities or even slaves.

The main types of Murano Glass beads are seed beads, chevron beads, and lampworked beads.

Seed beads are crafted from very thin cylinder rods of one color were commonly used for dress embroidery.

Chevron beads were mainly used as trade beads. Chevron Murano Glass beads which have flowery designs similar were invented in the fifteenth century.

Then the big invention in the world of Venetian bead-making came about in the seventeenth century, that of the lampworked beads.

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