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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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Egyptian burial sites and tombs have contained enormous caches of beads.  "Mummy beads" as they are called consist of glass, gemstone, and brass.  The earliest beads, made of meteoric iron, were found in Egypt as early as 2500 B.C.  Egyptians also made small ceramic beads of clay, resulting in exquisite earth tones of light green, blue, and soft red.  Pharaohs were often buried with a type of beaded netting, covering the face and body. 

There was a delightful 'revival' of the Egyptian style in jewelry in the 1960's.  This is the best discussion I found on the internet of this phenomenon, with some great examples/photos:

http://www.corvusnoir.com/blog/2012/03/vintage-egyptian-revival-jewelry.html

 

 

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