Color: Opaque Turquoise Blue
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 an opaque turquoise blue with a few odd greenish turquoise beads mixed in.
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 opaque turquoise only. The other color, metallic bronze, 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.