These antique Venetian white heart seed beads are a classic cherry red. They’re a size 8/0 seed bead and each bead measures approximately 2 mm, there are about 12-13 beads per inch when strung. Their irregular size and shape attests to their handmade nature. These beads come strung on hanks. You may order a full hank (which has 10 strands measuring about 6.5″ when tied, and weighs 50-55 grams) or a 10 gram bag (which is about the equivalent of 2 strands).
Also known as “Hudson Bay” or “Cornaline D’Allepo” beads, this style was produced in Italy from the early 1800s to the 1960s – though this particular stock dates from between the late 1800’s – early 1900’s. 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. Over the years these beads have acquired a lovely translucent patina.
To help you visualize their size and scale, the beads are shown with a ruler and a US dime (which measures 18 mm). The plastic bag measures 2″ x 2″ and holds 10 grams of beads; the wire sections have 1″ of beads strung on them.
Size = 8/0 seed bead, approximately 12- 13 beads per inch when strung