Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Finest Antique Venetian Beads On Earth



Ok, maybe a slight click bait title but in this case I truly believe what I have written! Last month I had some amazing pieces hit the website but these beads were my favourite piece by a mile and definitely deserve a post of their own.

The string of beads are quite deceptive to look at. From a distance they look like a wrapped silk, even up close you could be mistaken for thinking these are strange silk wrapped beads. The beads had unusual pulled edges from being hand blown, a sign of just how early they were.

The most unusual thing about the beads was their weight. I have always loved the weight a glass bead necklace can hold. These couldn't be more opposite. Each bead was light as a feather with a fragility that makes you question just how they have survived this long.

The beads came on a beautiful silk threading that reminded me of an antique Wedding garment I had once seen at the V&A. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find it again during research but I still believe these could have been worn for such an occasion. A collector has fondly described them as pillow beads which I also think is a lovely description for them.

Sometimes when I find beautiful items it makes me excited to find similar in the future. These beads are so special I really think that this is the only string I will ever personally handle so they will have to live on via memory through this blog!

To see more beautiful vintage and antique beads currently for sale click here!


Antique French Victorian Paste Necklace



Last month I was lucky enough to find a special necklace that opened up a whole new world of research to undertake. The necklace came to me with very little information and under the guise of a 1950s costume piece. Sometimes when handling a piece it can almost tell you more than just visually studying it and this was a great example of this.


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This necklace had a cold and unusual weight to it and the paste settings of the stones differed slightly than most 50s paste necklace I’ve handled previously. Despite being unmarked I was almost certain the necklace was solid silver.

After a lot of research I was able to find two very similar pieces that were both listed as solid silver and stated the origins of both pieces to be French. I have always had a fondness for antique paste items and one of French origins was a bit like wining the jackpot.

The necklace is now in a wonderful collection on the other side of the pond but I had to share it on the blog so it can be appreciated by others!

I had great fun researching French Victorian pieces. I have updated my Pinterest board with all of my research finds which can be found by visiting my Pinterest board here.

 To see lots of other beautiful necklaces currently for sale in the shop click here!


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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Beautiful Beads - Venetian Fancy Trade Glass Beads



A new addition to my little 'favourite beads folder'. These Edwardian Venetian beads are made to look like malachite, studded with beautiful aventurine framed roses. Packed with details each bead is a little work of art in itself.

To see lots more vintage and antique beads currently for sale click here.