French Glass Beads - Vintage, Art Deco, African Trade Beads

Vintage glass beads from France.  Beautiful Art Deco black glass beads from the 1920s. 

French glass beads were historically used in African trade during the 19th century, mainly in African countries such as present day Ghana. What made French glass beads such a popular currency amongst the African and European traders was the fact that these beads were inexpensive, portable and more importantly they had high intrinsic value for the Africans. French glass beads are used to create beautiful jewelry.

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