Focal: antique Venetian glass be
various Bali 22kt gold vermeil over sterling silve
AAA Afghan lapis lazuli
22kt gold vermeil s-hook
Beads have been the source of trade for millennia before the first coins were cast, their value based on material, size, beauty and rarity. When Europeans traversed Africa they discovered it was their adornments -- not their money -- the locals wanted in trade for their goods. And to ease the passage for slavers, truth be told.
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