Collection of antique two-layer wound glass beads with white or yellow cores made in Venice in the 19th-Early 20th Century.
Cornaline d'Aleppo are among the most popular beads ever made and can be found almost everywhere from Europe to Africa, Asia and all the Americas.
Their exotic name comes from a combination of the words "Aleppo" (the Syrian city) and "Cornaline". These names were used on Societa Veneziana Conterie sample cards.
Cornaline is the French and Italian word for carnelian, and it is believed that these beads got their name because they resembled the red color of carnelians.
Some of our beads have traveled at least two continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.