This listing is for your choice of ONE bead; there are 7 different designs available. I have numbered each. When you order, please just tell me which number(s) you would like to purchase.
Many years ago, while on a buying trip to New England, I had the chance to buy some beautiful, late 19th Century art glass jewels used for making jewelry. Rhode Island was a center of the costume jewelry industry in the USA. That's where these were being sold. Beads numbered 3-5 remind me of wedding cake beads made in Italy, but all of these beads may have been created in Czechoslavakia where most of the beautiful jewels during this period of time made. No matter the country of origin, these are beautiful. They don't make beads of this quality anymore. Mass production just can't show the same attention to detail.
There is only one of each bead as these were from a salesman's sample case. I bought a lot from that collection, as I had never seen anything quite like them. I have seen very few of them since. These would be very special for any jewelry maker. I hope some one can put them to good use. Each bead would be the focal point. These came on display sheets, but I removed their backs and cleaned off the glue. I had planned to use them but since I haven't gotten around to it, I hope someone will put them to use.
I have included a picture of both the fronts and backs of these beads and close-up pictures of each. I have written the size on each. My pictures are a big part of my description. Please view them all. They all have foil inside the glass which makes the color really sparkle. The red one is cranberry glass. The peacock eye is beautiful. The blue is yummy. Those are my favorites. But, as my mom always says, "That's why they make chocolate and vanilla ice cream." Tastes vary and ALL of these are worth considering.
They are in very good, original antique condition. No chips, scratches or cracks. These are so much prettier in person. Made into a pendant, they would be a stand out piece of jewelry. And, they are one of a kind. You will have to spend a lot of time and travel to find anything like them.