Vintage Trade Bead Necklace. See below for more information.
People started using trade beads when trade routes were established and there was a need for currency. However, most of the trade beads in the market today were used even while there were other currencies. These were used by Europeans to trade with people who did not know about currency such as Africans and Native American Indians. This remarkable double strand of painted beads is enhanced with clay-colored beads as spacers and sterling silver beads between the trade beads and the natural-wrap closure (which slips over your head). Each of the 50 painted beads measures between 3/8" and 5/8" long, painted blue and rusty-clay to match the spacers. The necklace itself measures 27" long.