Sea glass bead necklace - Millefiori Victorian Art Deco Beach Bead - ULTRA RARE!

  • £85.00


Outstanding and ultra rare Victorian or Art Deco 1920s Millefiori sea glass bead on an 18" sterling silver necklace. This multi coloured floral sea glass bead is perfect for this sterling silver accented necklace! The bead was found on the shores of Seaham beaches and is now the center piece of this minimalist necklace.

SIZE
2cm over all length approx (1.3cm diameter) on 18" sterling silver necklace

What is Millefiori?
Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words 'mille' (thousand) and 'fiori' (flowers). The manufacture of mosaic beads can be traced to Ancient Roman, Phoenician and Alexandrian times. The technical knowledge for creating millefiori was lost by the 18th century, and the technique was not revived until the 19th century.


Tumbled since Victorian times and now made into jewellery.

Seaham is on the East Coast of England, near Durham and Newcastle. During the Victorian times until 1890s fabulous art glass artisan manufacturing took place in Seaham. At the end of each day small amounts of coloured glass was melted together and given to the Sea... nowadays these end of day pieces of sea glass get washed ashore. Some pieces have shades of the same colour, others are rainbow coloured.

All pictures taken inside without flash.