Dec 09, 2012 African Trade Beads Intro African Trade Beads were made in Europe from around 1400s to early 1900s and used in trade between Europe and Africa. Trade beads were exchanged by Europeans for palm oil, ivory, gold, and people. Africans used the trade beads as status symbols, personal adornment and divination amongst other things. Most African trade beads were made in Venice, though a good number of trade beads were made in the Netherlands, Bohemia and Germany. Venetian trade beads were mostly wound glass beads, drawn glass beads and lampwork-wound glass beads. While Bohemian trade beads were mostly pressed glass beads, moulded glass beads, and faceted glass beads. For Venetian and Bohemian African Trade Beads we have in our shop please View >> www.goodoldbeads.com/collections/african-trade-beads 1 from left Venetian drawn glass african trade beads. View beads > bit.ly/Xw7EwU 2 Bohemian moulded, pressed and faceted glass african trade beads. Veiw > bit.ly/10MUqnJ 3 Venetian wound glass african trade beads. View Beads > bit.ly/Ufvq3o 4 Venetian lampwork wound glass african trade beads. All available for you in our shop. View Beads > www.goodoldbeads.com/collections Thanks for visitng goodoldbeads Cheers, Bridget.