The Turquoise and Trade Bead Collection
Venetian glass trade beads were the currency used with indigenous peoples by European explorers. These legendary beads figure significantly in the history of America. Lewis and Clark, Vasco da Gama, Cortez, Coranado, etc. always carried kilos of these brilliantly colored beads that so enchanted the natives. They are no longer available. All are in the hands of collectors. We've decided to break up one of our strands from the 1800s to create these kits.
Combined with Kingman, Arizona Turquoise, this collection tells the story of the first people in the Southwest.
All orders will include a monograph on Turquoise, and those orders that include trade beads will receive a seven page article on the history, lore, and identification of Venetian glass trade beads.
The Trade Bead and Turquoise Bracelet Kit
Kit contains one Venetian glass trade bead (circa 1850 AD) framed by 8mm and 6mm sterling silver rondelles, 8mm Red Jasper and 7-8mm nuggets of Kingman, Arizona Turquoise. Kit finishes to 8" and includes elastic for stringing, sterling silver crimp to secure the close, and instructions for stringing on elastic.
Price is for the kit.