Czech

The three centuries of the Czech / Bohemian glass bead industry stem from the expertise of their stone cutters, working with bright red garnets in and around the Bohemian village of Turnov, in today's Czech Republic. Development of glassmaking began in the early 1700's to compete with the Venetians, who had started to produce less expensive translucent red glass and depress the genuine garnet market.
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From those times, the Czechs developed their bead-making into a fine art, at first researching the world market and copying popular original beads in glass, then creating their own styles and becoming one of the leading producers of trade beads which were distributed throughout the world.
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Their tradition of fine bead-making continues to this day, as can be seen by the examples of old and new glass offered in the following pages.

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"Wedding bead"
Strands
from Mali
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Traditional Fulani
Photograph

Various
Matched
"Wedding bead"
Collections


Small Collections
"Wedding bead"
Pendants
Singles
Seconds

Islamic Talhakimt
Conus Shell
Pendants
and various other
Pendant
Single Beads

Shades of Blue
Small Antique
Beads
from the
Deserts of Mali
Mixed colours

Ancient Carnelian
Strands
and
Czech 'Carnelian'
Singles
Early Necklace

Triangular
Antique Glass
Matched
Strands

additions
Multi-faceted
Large
Single Beads

"Cut" Blue Glass
"Russians"
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Opaque Blue
early "Vaselines"

"Dice Beads"
Small collections

Coloured Spheres
Matched Collections

1800's -1900's
Colour-matched
Oval Glass
Project Bead
Collections
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Small Collections


Multi-faceted
Matched and Mixed Strands

Bohemian
Kakamba
Matched Collections

Antique
Small
Collections

Seed bead
Necklaces
and
Bracelets


'Vaseline' beads
Small Collections
of early
Fluorescing
Bicones

Ancient
Multi-faceted
Clear Glass
Small Collections

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