Color: Transparent Dark Cobalt or Indigo
Quantity: 3 grams
These old Italian glass seed beads were manufactured between the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. They’re a small size 13/0 or 14/0 seed bead, which allows for wonderfully fine detail & resolution. Because they were manufactured so long ago, they show greater size variance than contemporary beads. The color is stunning dark cobalt or indigo blue… emphasis on the word “stunning”, this color is absolutely gorgeous!
These beads are quite small – not quite as small as some of my vintage micro beads, but still quite fine. I recommend them for experienced beadworkers, extremely patient people, or those who enjoy a good challenge. When strung, there are about 20-24 beads per inch. The bag weighs 3 grams.
The last photo shows a 3 gram bag of these beads next to a dime. As you can see, its a small bag (this one is 1.5″ x 1.5″) but because the beads are so tiny, even a small bag holds quite a lot of beads. The photo shows 2 colors, but this listing is for one bag of the transparent blue only. The other color is available in a separate listing. These pictures have been magnified to give a good sense of color and shape. And of course, coins are not included in your purchase – they’re simply shown to give a sense of scale.