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A strand of twelve white heart spacer beads. These have a white core that is visible at each end, covered with a band of beautiful transparent green-grey.
Scroll down to the bottom for a bit about the history of white heart beads.
Bead size/s: About 9.5mm diameter x 7.5mm
Hole size: Approximately 1.8mm
Kiln annealed and cleaned
Note: Although I have captured the beads' colours as best as I can, different screen and monitor settings vary and as such the colours of the beads may appear slightly different in real life than they do on your computer or device. In particular, Apple devices tend to ramp up the reds so please bear this in mind when viewing beads that are red, pink, purple etc.
Prefer the satin finish look?
Tumble-etching is available for these beads at no extra cost.
If you like, I can tumble-etch these beads to a soft, satin finish. This process will dull the glass, making any transparent parts appear frosted and translucent.
If you'd like some of the beads etched and some left shiny, that's fine too. Just select the etching option and then in the notes at checkout let me know which ones or how many you'd like etched.
Please click here to see examples of my tumble-etched beads.
The tumble-etching process is not reversible.
My tumble-etching opinon on these particular beads: They'd look great
About white heart beads…
White heart beads were originally a type of trade bead produced in Venice. Trade beads were used between the 15th and 20th centuries as a currency to buy services, goods, land and, sadly, slaves.
This particular type of bead has a white core with a layer of usually red or orange glass over the top. Red and orange glass was coloured with gold which made it more expensive than other colours. Bulking out the body of the bead with cheaper white glass made the red and orange glass go further.
Although they weren’t as fancy and decorative as the more elaborate Venetian trade beads, the Native Americans really prized them and it was they who gave them the name ‘white hearts’.
Beadmakers today use the term white heart to describe any colour bead made in this way, not just the red and orange ones. The core of a white heart is visible as opposed to being totally covered with the coloured glass. This is sort of a design feature, I guess, but it would also have made production faster as there’s no time-consuming faffing with making the coloured glass cover the entire core.
making future archaeological digs more colourful since 2004