African Trade Bead Multi Strand Bracelet, Brightly Colored Vintage Glass Christmas Bead Mixture Bracelet with Large Clasp


Shipping to United States: $3.25

A joyous, random mixture of old Trade Beads, smaller European glass beads, originally brought to Africa for trade, and reappearing in all their bright antique glory as a unique bracelet design with a large (25mm) lobster clasp. 10 separate strands of beads are crimped on fine coated steel beading cable to span the 7" between the clasp and a few links of extension chain.
This bright bead mix is sometimes referred to as "Christmas Beads", possibly because of the plentiful use of bright color.

I must give credit for the inspiration for this piece to an Etsy shopper who inquired about bracelets similar to my trade bead hoop earrings --thank you (you know who you are!) and once just never know where a new idea will come from!

It's reported that these bead mixtures date from mid-nineteen through early twentieth century. There is delightful variation in tiny patterns, shapes, colors and sizes within the bead mix, and while the effect will be similar to the pieces photographed, each strand of beads is really variable-so yours will be unique. The bracelet is so colorful and carefree--crosses seasons and adds a touch of the cheerful hippie or bohemian--and it's lightweight and easy to wear.

Large pewter clasp is available in YOUR CHOICE of a dark, shiny gun metal finish or a two toned matte antique silver finish--PLEASE note your preference at check out. Bracelet adjusts from just under 8" to about 9" with the adjustable extension chain so the cluster can even be worn twisted several times, if you prefer! (See photos for both ways of wearing.)

Each bracelet is made to order so please contact me about lead times if you need your order by a particular date! I give estimated shipping date when each order is placed. This is a limited edition original design.

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    Reviews (4)


    This bracelet I selected to go with the hoop earrings is just perfect. The beads looks so beautiful together and I know I will wear the set many times. Thank you!

    Absolutely love this bracelet. Love the vibrant colors! It arrived super fast and nicely wrapped. The seller was so nice--she made some adjustments for me, and it fits perfectly. Couldn't be happier. It's one of my favorite pieces. Thanks so much for the extra effort, and great customer service!

    These are so cute and so much fun!

    I purchased this bracelet from Karen -- the idea was conceived as a custom order -- and Karen interpreted my vision (which wasn't at all well articulated) -- and the bracelet is simply fabulous. It's very unique, well made and I know I'll wear it often. karen was a joy to work with, and my order arrived within two days!

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