People have been making glass beads for adornment for over 5000 years. Since the discovery of fire it wasn't long before the first core-forming process of wrapping molten glass around a mandrel to form intricate deisgns was discovered. An important source  of trade for thousands of years, antique glass beads have become highly valuable and replicas are made to this day. From the powder-glass making traditions of the Kiffa beads of Mauritania to the intricate milefiori "thousand-flower" beads of Venetian manufacturer; glass beads can be found comprising thousands of shapes and patterns and limited only by the imagination.


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