Italian Whiteheart Seed Beads – 11/0 Cranberry Red


Antique Italian white heart seed beads – size 11/0 cranberry red

9 in stock


These antique Venetian white heart seed beads feature a beautiful shade of cranberry red. Whitehearts were used in the African bead trade, and they are often seen in old Native American beadwork as well. Because of how they were traded around the world, they’re often referred to as “trade beads”. Whether it is due to their history or their beauty, these old and uncommon beads are quite collectible.


✭ Material = glass
✭ Size = 11/0 seed bead
✭ Quantity = 5 gram bag

They’re a size 11/0 seed bead, and the average diameter is about 2.3 mm. There are about 15-17 beads per inch when strung. Their irregular size and shape attests to their handmade nature. This listing is for a 5 gram lot of beads, which will come loose in a baggie.

Also known as “Hudson Bay” or “Cornaline D’Allepo” beads, this style was produced in Italy from the early 1800s to the 1960s. The name “white heart” references the core of white glass at the center of the bead. Back then, red glass was made using real gold, so these beads were very expensive to produce. In order to conserve the red/gold glass, it was wound around a white core. When strung, the white is hardly visible – but if you lay the beads with the hole facing up, you can see the white at the heart of each bead. These are brighter, with less patina than most of my other white hearts.

This listing is for 5 grams of the size 11/0 cranberry red color, shown alone in the first 4 photos.

Additional information

Weight .2 oz
Dimensions 2 × 2 × 1 in

10 grams, 1 ounce (28 grams)