Mosaic Glass Bead Earrings
Cluster of Mosaic Glass Beads
These beautiful earrings are a cluster of mosaic glass beads. Mosaic glass beads are believed to have originated in Western Asia. The style became popular in Rome and had a renaissance in 16th century Venice where the glass became known as Millefiori (a thousand flowers). These beads were artistically created by laying colored glass rods next to each other with the middle section often creating a flower like pattern. Those rods were then heated so they could be stretched and fused together. The bar was sliced into beads which were pierced for jewelry. Eventually beads like these made their way to North America where Native Americans used them to adorn clothing, moccasins, bags and headdresses.
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