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Posted 3 years ago


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I love old glass beads and have collected some very nice examples over the years - these are from my "Yellow & brown" stash. These gorgeous items - from 1920?-40: facets, pressed, Czech, Egyptian revival?

Picked them up over the years any old place. I read that brown was not a popular collector color, so maybe why I could find some fantastic pieces for not too much $$$ cashola. Originally posted this a year ago w/scanned images, these pix aren't perfect but better than those original scans. Wanted to show how lovely these old glass beads are.


  1. vintagemad vintagemad, 3 years ago
    I love the last two! I your correct about time frame, as well as type and style.
  2. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    I love old Czech glass beads, so diverse!
  3. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thank you both - I love these old glass beads - made well and held up for so many years didn't they? I don't like to take them out of their original designs unless too many beads are missing to redo a necklace or bracelet - then I use them in my jewelry designs.
  4. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
    Thank you Lee and Nadia for looking at these and loving them.
  5. freiheit freiheit, 12 months ago
    I got some lose glass beads from my grandmother (probably from the same time period than yours) and turned them into necklaces - but they didn't turn out that nice. You inspired me to look for them and possibly post them too:)
    I like the brown ones - they go so well with fall colours!
  6. Newtimes Newtimes, 12 months ago
    The last one is georgeous. I love brown jewelry too.
  7. valentino97 valentino97, 12 months ago
    Hi Freiheit - would love to see your necklaces, please post them. I love these Fall colors too! I like restoring these close to original designs - one trick is to put small (size 15 or 11) glass beads, or clear facet size 4 or 6mm rondell beads in between your graduated beads unless you are good at knotting between beads (the way they may have originally been strung.) I am NOT good at knotting.

    Some of these old 20's-30's necklaces were REALLY short - 15" - 16" and not easy to wear so by adding the little beads between and maybe an 1" or so at the clasp - you're making a 17-19" necklace that is much more flattering. The other necklaces from the time were the long 30" plus flapper beads - easier to wear and double up.

    These beautiful old glass beads are becoming harder to find. I just love them and so happy to hear you have saved your Grandmother's.
  8. valentino97 valentino97, 12 months ago
    Thank you Newtimes for looking at these. The last one is an example of a restrung. The flowers are pressed glass and original w/the pyramid glass beads. I added some old 30's hematite grey 3-cut glass beads and the very cool ribbed brass screw closure. My favorite in #3 is the 2nd from left strung on metal chain. And of course the beautiful faceted yellow gold beads in #2.
  9. valentino97 valentino97, 12 months ago
    Thank you Manikin and Sean for your love.

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