Trade Beads & Ethnic Beads: Beads that travel around the world

Trade beads were exchanged with people who did not use currency and their use continued while currencies developed. Europeans got them from Venice, Holland, and Bohemia.  Millefiori, chevron, striped melons, feather trade, and eye beads were made specifically for African trade. Other trade beads from India were distributed through Arab traders, but the Venetians dominated production of trade beads, particularly those used in Africa. Ethnic beads are usually produced by indigenous peoples with a of history of bead production, using traditional methods. We have antique, vintage and contemporary beads, contemporary beads are marked as contemporary or reproductions.

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Vintage Chinese blue Peking glass carved Taoist enternal knot bead. 15x14mm Pkg2. b11-bl-2155
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Peacock blue hand wound glass beads. China, 1980s. Pkg. 4 b11-bl-2154
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925 silver vintage barrel bead from Nepal. 25x15mm. Pkg1. b18-672
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Round Phenolic resin "African Amber" bead from the African trade. 25mm. Pkg. 1. b4-amb111
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3 matching Phenolic Resin "African amber" beads from the African trade. b4-amb112
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Vintage pressed glass rectangular flower beads. 26x10mm. Pkg.2 b11-yo-1038
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Ancient East Java Jatim bead replica 65x15mm pkg 1. b1-694
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Ancient East Java Jatim bead replica average size 30x15mm. pkg of 1. b1-724
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Ancient Indonesian Jatim bead replica. 16mm average size. Sold individually. b1-2013
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Old Chinese glass tabular disk counterweight bead, 38x43x9mm. B11-bl-2054
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Old Chinese glass tabular disk counterweight bead, 35x36x9mm. B11-bl-2054-3
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Ancient Indonesian Jatim bead replica. 14mm average size. Pkg of 1. b1-996
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Ancient Indonesian Jatim bead replica. 20mm avg. size. Pkg 1. b1-760
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Ancient East Java Pelangi Jatim bead replica. Average size 20mm pkg of 1. b1-885-2
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Old Chinese opaque lilac color glass bead. 22mm. Pkg.1 b11-pp-1207
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Antique Yemen silver cylindrical bead. traditional wheat pattern with Arabic coins. b18-658cs
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Old Chinese opaque lilac color glass bead. 25x28mm. Pkg.1 b11-pp-1206
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Vintage Chinese wound glass oval bead in a translucent amber color. 22x10mm. Pkg 2. b11-yo-1031
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Antique Chinese wound glass bead in a rare opaque mauve. 9x10mm. Pkg. 4. b11-pp-1255
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Antique Chinese wound glass bead in a rare opaque mauve. 11mm. Pkg. 2. b11-pp-1254
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Antique Chinese wound glass 15mm round bead in opaque satiny lemon yellow. Pkg 1. b11-yo-1030
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Old Chinese dark cobalt blue glass bead. 25x28mm. b11-bl-2118
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Chinese wound glass oval beads in an opaque blue. Hand made 1920s. 15-16mm. Pkg. 10. b11-bl-2142
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Old large Tibetan repousse sterling silver capped resin red faux amber bead. 33x26mm. 1pc. b4-amb106
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Antique yellow, red and green striped trade beads. 17" strand. B1-1017cs.
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Antique yellow and red striped trade beads. 18" strand. B1-1015cs.
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Antique striped trade beads. 17" strand. B1-1012cs
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Antique Venetian striped beads from the African trade. 18 inch strand. B1-1007cs
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