Most of my Vintage glass beads come from Germany and Czechoslovakia and were made in the early to mid 1900's and offer a wide array of hue and shape. They are type of pressed (think molded) glass and are very uniform in shape. The canes of glass that were used in this process frequently contain more than one color, sometimes even three or more. Using an opaque core often surrounded by a different transparent color created a tantalizing mixture and reflection of light. There are still some of these old canes in existence that are again being used to make beads. If the canes are old, but used to make the beads more recently, does that mean it can still be called a "Vintage" bead? Hmmm...
I also have collected quite a few Vintage Japanese beads which are quite different in shape from the European beads because they were made with the technique known as Lampworking or Flameworking. The glass was heated with a torch and wound around a wire or mandrel. Because these are usually made one at a time, the shapes are softer, more rounded and organic and less uniform than pressed beads. This type of glass bead is one of my favorites.


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Cobalt Ring Drop EarringsView details and larger image Cobalt Ring Drop Earrings
This cobalt is so deep and intense it's often mistaken for a purple. A simple round bead swings below a textured Sterling oval. Finished with Sterling silver French hook earwires, the length is just under1.25". ~ $42.00


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