Provence Necklace
Provence Necklace $72

Materials: Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Brazilian Agate (aka fire agate), Yellow Ambrodonite
Nuggets, Yellow Jade, Carnelian & Sterling. The focal bead is a very beautiful old
Millefiori Venetian Murrine glass trade bead. It was used in the African trade in the
1900's. Trade beads are usually associated with West Africa where they are most often
found, but they were originally created in Venice, Bohemia, and Holland. From the end
of the fifteenth century, beads were a major component of the currency exchanged
along the trade routes. Over the next four centuries, European bead makers were
producing a wide variety of designs specially for the African trade: millefiore,
chevrons, striped melons, feather, and eye beads. Trade beads are now eagerly
collected by bead lovers from all over the world. Local bead traders generally purchase
them from local villagers, where they are then sold to buyers and importers in the
United States and Europe.