Rare Blue Antique Venetian Seed Beads - 2mm Antique to Vintage Italian "Old Sioux" Blue Glass Beads - ASAP Shipping - Great for Bead Weaving

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These faded blue antique Venetian seed beads are possibly the most unique of all the heirloom Italian glass beads still available for sale today. Mysteriously labelled "Old Sioux Blue", they may have been manufactured for trade between European settlers and American Indians in the late 1800's.

You receive 0.4 ounces - over 500 - 1x2mm, tiny rondele-shaped, antique Venetian glass seed beads in a soft, faded, light denim blue, with worn looking, smooth surfaces and small, slightly irregular 0.5mm (approx.) often-sandy, beading holes.
I assign the term "rare" to my antique seed beads that are very low in my stock and forever sold out everywhere else. These are the most desirable, most limited, most collectible vintage-to-antique seed beads still available today.
Please see dime and cm ruler in last photo for visual sizing. Sizes and bead count are approximate.

Expect quick shipping - I typically pack your order the day that I get it, and ship the next day. Super fast shipping from my hands to yours!

Due to their understated patina, unique "life-saver" shape, and uniform size, these are the best seed beads for both contemporary projects including jewelry making, applique, and bead weaving ( both on and off-loom ),
and old-time reenactment pieces such as Native American medicine bags and "Mountain Men"-style historic reenactment costumes.

Made in Murano, Italy, about 100 years ago, these venerable old blue seed beads never left their warehouse for circulation. I call them "floor sweepings" due to the amount of sand, grit, and thread you might find in the mix, as if someone quickly swept the factory floor at the end of the day, and brushed them into a bag...a century ago.
Scroll down for more Venetian bead history.

See more vintage-to-antique blue Venetian seed beads here:

See my huge collection of seed beads here:

Some Venetian seed bead history:
These beads were made by the Societa Veneziana Conterie, a consortium of 16 independent Venetian bead makers that joined together from 1898-1992 and created glass products, in a huge brick factory on the island of Murano, Italy.

The beads were hugely popular world-wide, especially in the 1920's and 30's, yet the Societa became comfortable after years of prosperity and failed to prepare for the inevitable change in tastes of today's consumer and the rising costs of energy, transportation and labor.

They shut down in 1992, selling 7 tons of antique bead inventory.

I have had the huge privilege of locating and purchasing a small cache of these beads, which EthnicBeadShop is making available to you for a limited time. Enjoy!

Average review
gorgeous beads...super fast shipping..... I can not say enough about the product.... very happy.... A++++++
Jan 29, 2018 by Kimberley Deane
Nov 2, 2017 by Felicia Martinez
Fantastic beads, really love the shades of mild blue!
Sep 26, 2017 by Anna Stina Sandelius
Received order on time and match description exactly
Aug 10, 2017 by Terry Hannah
Lovely. Better color than pictured, not as pale. 4 days from order to delivery.
Jul 1, 2017 by homer500

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I have upgraded to 1-3 day shipping with STREAMLINED Domestic AND International rates, calculated at time of purchase.
I offer USPS First Class International Package Service, USPS First Class Package Service, and USPS Priority Mail 1-3 Days.


I now accept both Paypal and credit card payment.

Returns & exchanges

PAYPAL: If I am refunding your Paypal purchase, please provide me with the paypal account name that you used. I cannot provide a refund if I cannot locate your order.

1.) CANCELLING PRE-SHIPPED ORDERS: a 2% restocking fee will apply.

Full refund (including original shipping) after the required insurance filing wait has been met: 21 days Domestic, 45 days International, and 60 days Italy, from the shipment date.

Your lost order is NONREFUNDABLE 90 days from shipment date (insurance claims can be filed no later than 90 days from the shipment date).

IF the lost/late package eventually does arrive, please do NOT open, mark "Return to Sender" on the outside of the package and give it to your local postal service.
They will ship it back to me, at no cost to you.

NOTE: Sadly, USPS does NOT offer a formal/written inquiry process for late/lost packages shipped FIRST CLASS INTERNATIONAL, which is the shipping method that I use, due to it's cost-effectiveness.
This means that I will be unable to assist your postal service in locating your package once it departs the U.S.

3.) BASIC (not what you wanted): Full refund for returned items, not including shipping, or handling fee. (No exchanges, refunds only.)
Please return item promptly, in its original condition (ie. still on the string, accurate amount in the pack, etc.), and re-secured in its original packaging, to receive a full refund.
NOTE: Per 2014 EU Directive on Consumer Rights, International customers have the right to return their purchase within 14 days of receiving it.

4.) SHIPPED TO WRONG ADDRESS (with incorrect address listed on Etsy):
Your purchase is non-refundable.
Go to: http://faq.usps.com/ and click the blue link "USPS Package Intercept - The Basics", located under the "Hot Topics" heading, to learn how to start a retrieval process.

Please contact me ASAP, and provide photo of the damaged item.
IF ITEM IS IN STOCK, I will ship you a replacement.
If item is not available, you will receive a full refund for damaged or missing item, (including shipping if it was the only item purchased in the transaction).

Although I will work with you regarding any concerns, MOST Special Orders are non-refundable, due to their customized nature.

Additional policies

1.) I do not offer HOLDS, RESERVES, or RAIN CHECKS at this time, due to personal time constraints.
I do not COMBINE ORDERS due to personal time constraints.
(This seemingly simple process is actually VERY time-consuming for me, bookkeeping-wise, and I still do everything solo.)

I CAN create SPECIAL (bulk) ORDERS for you with prior notice and preparation.
Special orders are (usually) NON-REFUNDABLE (there are exceptions).

2.) Please contact me via CONVO, NOT email. I may not see your request and/or concern in my mailbox.

3.) If you need me to alter your Etsy address, please contact me ASAP - I ship quickly - often same-day - if your order ships before you contact me, it will go to the address you have listed on Etsy.
I do not provide refunds for orders shipped to an incorrect address.

5.) If you want a PAPER RECEIPT, please let me know in the comment section of your order - in an effort to save resources, I may not include a paper receipt with your order, unless you request it. A printable version is always available via email and in your Etsy account.

6.) Purchase totals are as listed on shipping labels, and cannot be adjusted by me.