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Cornaline d'Aleppo Venetian Trade Beads COOPER COLLECTION

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SKU
136690
$290.00
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Other Names Yellow hearts, white hearts
Type of Object Two-layer wound glass beads
Made In Venice
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Late 1800s to early 1900s
Overall Condition Fair to good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair 12 chippoed
Bead Size 10mm-19 mm diameter. see picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter).
Strand Length 26 inches (includes string/raffia)
Brand Unbranded


A gorgeous strand of old Cornaline d'Aleppo beads with their characteristically rich red interior "glow."

From the collection of Austin Cooper, whose collection, built over 30 years, contained superb examples of ancient beads, Venetian and other European trade beads, Bodom, Akoso, and Kiffa beads, Jatim and other rare Asian beads. Austin had a superb eye, and Africa Direct is proud to be able to offer his beads, his legacy, many of which are of a quality rarely available today.

This strand is not intended to be a ready-to-wear necklace. Although the strand can be worn "as is," the raffia holding it together is not durable and may break with use. For this reason, we recommend that you restring the beads before wearing them.

Additional information: These early two layer beads with white or yellow cores were traded in both the Old and New Worlds, in Africa and both North and South America. They appear to glow from within. According to Picard, which has many examples in WHITEHEARTS, FEATHER AND EYE BEADS FROM THE WEST AFRICAN TRADE, "White hearts...may be drawn or wound. Cornaline d'Aleppo are among the most cherished beads for collectors...because of their rich outer layer color." Cornaline is the French and Italian word for carnelian, and it is believed that these beads got their name because they resembled the red color of carnelians.