Fabulous 1920s era long flapper necklace with vibrant colorful Italian art glass beads. Often known as trade beads the multicolor tube beads, known as millefiori, were originally made in Venice and were imported to Africa in the 18th and 19th century. The beads were very popular with high status African people as glass making was uncommon in Africa so they became a popular currency often being traded for gold and sadly for slaves too.
The necklace has a total length of 34" and the strands are asymmetric with three strands on one side and two on the other. Looks to have been made this way because there is no evidence of anything missing.
Condition is very very good with surface wear as expected given age, there are a couple of small chips on the long beads and a couple of the black seed beads are missing. The necklace weighs 100 grams.
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