Necklace composed of Venetian glass trade
During the late Middle Ages and throughout the
renaissance, Venetian artisans rediscovered the
ancient secrets of glass making. On the island of
Murano, they created superb vessels and jewelry
which were valued throughout the known world.
It was also during this period that Venice
became the most powerful trading nation in
Europe, a city whose ships visited every port
both east and west. Venetian traders used glass
beads for barter, and these jewels became
especially prized in Africa, where they were
traded for gold, ivory, rare woods and spices.
Venetian beads quickly became a medium of
exchange throughout Africa, and in some tribes
were used as a bridal dowry. The rare and subtle
beauty of these beads continues to dazzle the
senses even after the passage of centuries.