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"
Small
Collections


Small Collections
"Wedding bead"
Pendants

Seconds  

Triangular
Antique Glass
Matched
Strands

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

Ancient Carnelian
Strands
and
Czech 'Carnelian'
Singles

Large collections
of early
'Vaseline' beads

Small Collections

Multi-faceted
Large
Single Beads

"Cut" Blue Glass
"Russians"
~
Opaque Blue
"Vaselines"

"Dice Beads"
Small collections

Antique
Pastel Blue
Glass Barrels
from
Mauritania

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


Multi-faceted
Matched and Mixed Strands

Bohemian
Kakamba
Matched Collections

Antique
Small
Collections

Seed bead
Necklaces
and
Bracelets

Especially selected Single Beads

Multi-faceted
Clear Glass
Small Collections

"Snake - Bone
and
Disc Bead"
Collections

Single Coloured Spheres
Matched Collections

Reference Strand

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