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!
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