These dramatic, garnet colored Venetian white heart beads came to us via the
Ivory Coast, Africa. These are the real ones, the old ones. They fall
under the designation of African trade beads. White heart beads,
sometimes called "Cornaline D’aleppo" were made in Venice in the 19th century and were extensively traded throughout Africa. "Cornaline
D’aleppo" stuck as a title as so many were traded through Aleppo
through the 19th century en route to their distrubution throughout the
continent of Africa. They are called white hearts because they all have
a core of white glass, overwhich a jacket of another color is applied.
These have a deep garnet or pomagranate color over their white hearts. The
photo shows them to be lighter in color than they actually are. The color
is deeper than the photo. They measure about 8mm in diameter, but there
is some variation from bead to bead due to the process by which they are
made. They start as a big bubble which then gets pulled out into a long tube which then gets cut into beads. They are $2 for ten beads.