These beautifully intricate layered Chevron rondelle beads are called Watermelon Beads, as their stripes look the outside of a watermelon. Date back as to the early 1900's, these beads were made in Venice, Italy, and traded into Africa. These beads are made by layering canes of colored glass in the finished pattern, then stretching the large cane out, and cutting individual beads.
Beads measure approximately 5x3mm.
Hole measures approximately 1mm.
Approximately 135+ beads per strand.
They come strung on twisted twine in a loop, the way African beads are traditionally strung on raffia. Strand measures approximately 35". (The twisted twine measures 5" and the the bead portion is 30").
These beads are old; they do show some minor dirt and scratches, and some of the ends are slightly chipped or worn, indicating that they are true trade beads. That is part of the beauty of African Trade Beads.
**As many of my products come from Nepal, a portion of my proceeds will be donated to the Unicef and Americares Nepali relief efforts. **
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