Pearl necklace in yellow Krobo glass paste

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Commercial pearls are decorative glass beads used by European explorers and traders between the 16th and 20th centuries as a symbolic currency to exchange slaves and goods such as ivory or West African gold.

These glass beads were made all over Europe although the Venetians dominated production.

Millefiori (thousand flowers) pearls from 19th century Venice were one of the most commonly exchanged pearls. They were produced by creating flowers or stripes from glass canes, which were then cut and molded onto a solid colored core.

Yellow pearls are called "king beads," also made in Venice in the early 1800s.